Born Into This - The Cult
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  • Summary: The latest album from the British metal band and its first on Roadrunner Records.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 80
    It's a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record. [Nov 2007, p.94]
  2. 80
    Amped to an industrial sheen by producer Youth and packed with stripped-back stadium choruses, Born Into This rips from the speakers like an irate Velvet Revolver, Billy Duffy’s relentless axe-hero riffing matched by Astbury’s typically waspish lyrics.
  3. Aside from the occasional flourish of their post-punk gothic past, most of the record is the dirtiest and heaviest hard rock they've recorded since the '80s.
  4. Overall, the disc’s major flaw lies within its cloudy production values.
  5. With few real rockers, Born is more disappointing than it had to be.
  6. Despite always titanic levels of rock-star delusion must at some level be aware that this time they have turned in a truly half-assed piece of work.
  7. A risible attempt to recapture long-vanished glories. [Nov 2007, p.137]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MattM.
    Oct 11, 2007
    10
    Ignore em all - it`s raw and it rocks and it`ll grab you by the short and curlies and won`t let you go until the last riff of the last song Ignore em all - it`s raw and it rocks and it`ll grab you by the short and curlies and won`t let you go until the last riff of the last song ...buy it. Expand
  2. PetarM.
    Oct 15, 2007
    9
    Bravo!!!
  3. JohnC.
    Oct 16, 2007
    9
    somewhere between Electric and Sonic Temple. The Cult still rocks. Some of the tracks are outstanding, some pretty well and one or two somewhere between Electric and Sonic Temple. The Cult still rocks. Some of the tracks are outstanding, some pretty well and one or two disappointing. The production could have been more "raw", more like the demo versions on the complementary CD. Expand
  4. CliveL
    Jan 23, 2008
    9
    This was a complete surprise. I didn't think much of the last few Cult albums at all. This one on the other hand is a joy to listen to. This was a complete surprise. I didn't think much of the last few Cult albums at all. This one on the other hand is a joy to listen to. It Rocks!!! They are back on form. Expand
  5. SeanM
    Feb 1, 2008
    9
    Fantastic music. More melodic than the riff crunching heavy metal of Beyond Good and Evil, the album is dynamic and rocks solid.
  6. JasonH
    Dec 8, 2007
    8
    Really disliked this album.... at first. Now it's all I listen to. Let it spin people it will click. And when it does, you will be stoked.
  7. gregg.
    Oct 10, 2007
    6
    On the whole, the Cult--in particular Ian A--has produced some of the worst, nonsensical lyrics in all of rock. I will often turn down the On the whole, the Cult--in particular Ian A--has produced some of the worst, nonsensical lyrics in all of rock. I will often turn down the music in the car so that my wife won't hear how bad some of the Cults lyrics are. Nevertheless, the Cult sound and its occasionally interesting choruses have made them one of my favorites. I was truly hoping that the new album would redeem them after their collapse following Sonic Temple. Born Into This had so much potential but it never quite got off the ground; however, after listening the cd a couple of times, it starting to grow on me a little. The problem is that their music just does not have the "feel" that made their music distinctive. Also, the recording just sounds grubby and the riffs are hard to discern. Ian A's voice sounds good but is hard to pin down a melody. Oddly the bonus CD is much better than the actual CD--the remix and demo recordings on the bonus are much better than the main album. Expand

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