• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2011
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
Buy On
  1. For near-perfectly executed indie-pop, we the lucky listeners don't have to wait for a "next time." Cults have struck gold the first time out.
  2. Any apprehensions about whether or not Cults could turn "Go Outside" into a successful full-length should be hastily put to rest.
  3. Jun 6, 2011
    85
    At just over a half hour, Cults feels like the perfect length-- just long enough for the bus ride to school (or to work). But more importantly, it executes what it sets out to do masterfully while allowing the group room to grow and mature.
  4. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Fantastic songs that have an uncanny ability to lodge their way firmly into your head.
  5. Mojo
    Jun 21, 2011
    80
    The New York boy-girl duo make sweet love to a musical memory. [July 2011, p. 107]
  6. Jun 7, 2011
    80
    It might be easy to become a prisoner of the moment when it comes to a flavor-of-the-month like Cults, but this initial effort is one that shows off strong enough pop chops to win them their fair share of true believers, now and hereafter.
  7. May 31, 2011
    80
    Despite the genre signifiers there's more than enough personality of their own here for Cults to transcend both their blog hit wonder and the timeworn sound they lovingly homage.
  8. May 31, 2011
    80
    Unsettling and charming is a hard combination to pull off, but Cults have managed just fine.
  9. 80
    Hip young American male/female duo Cults look to classic 1960s pop history for the 11 bite-sized pop nuggets of this impressive debut.
  10. Jun 8, 2011
    75
    Cults is an endlessly self-assured debut, exposing a budding creative force with a sense of history and a rebellious streak. Long live the new flesh.
  11. 75
    It's all good fun, but (mostly) all been done before.
  12. Jun 6, 2011
    74
    Lazy bass lines stroll through lightly sprinkled, chiming keys, delivering sugar-powdered pop.
  13. Jun 21, 2011
    70
    Cults are excellent songcrafters, expert at boosting drama with dynamics and unexpected sounds. But what sets their music apart is feeling: the mood of wistful romance that hovers over the songs, the idea that love is an insoluble mystery.
  14. 70
    For a debut album, it works, giving fans a taste of what to expect from Cults in the future. But, the album could have benefited from swapping a few tracks around and sticking with the earnest catchy sensibilities and immediately favorable pop-like nature.
  15. Jun 6, 2011
    70
    Their music perfectly encapsulates the dark, '60s-style girl pop of the current nostalgia-mining, romance-hardened zeitgeist brought on by bands like Vivian Girls and Best Coast.
  16. Jun 6, 2011
    70
    Cults is a bit like a sugar rush: exhilarating at first, and then exhausting. Still, the sounds and ideas they play with are too intriguing to dismiss entirely, even if some of the mystery around them is gone.
  17. Jun 1, 2011
    70
    The punchy indie exuberance pervading this record is its calling card but beneath the surface there's a whole lot more going on.
  18. 70
    Musically it's the cream of nostalgic pop, and the lyrics exhibit a wafty elan; but in purely conceptual terms, Cults is too busy flying on clouds of giddy adolescent wonder to plunder the depths of its pretensions with conviction.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    7
    It's unfortunate that Cults are still learning some of the basics of production; excessive reverb in particular plagues the album. What anIt's unfortunate that Cults are still learning some of the basics of production; excessive reverb in particular plagues the album. What an otherwise near-perfect track "Go Outside" was while it was free on bandcamp has turned into somewhat of a mess on the album. "Most Wanted" is in a similar situation, but with an additionally far-too-loud-and-bright bass line on top of reverb the size of the grand canyon. Whether or not the original duo decided to put reverb on everything including the kick drums (sigh) or their major label producers did, the songs are still catchy and charming. Catch the old versions of "Go Outside" and "Most Wanted" still up at cults.bandcamp.com while they're still there, because they're far better, but otherwise this album is still worth the money. Full Review »
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    7
    A throw back band if there ever was one. Doesn't break new ground and the band's limitations and conventions become apparent rather quickly.A throw back band if there ever was one. Doesn't break new ground and the band's limitations and conventions become apparent rather quickly. Regardless if you are in the mood for a candy bar this will suffice. Full Review »
  3. Jun 3, 2012
    8
    Give it a few listens if the reverb is too much to handle at first. It grows on you quickly. Cults sound deceptively simple, but there's aGive it a few listens if the reverb is too much to handle at first. It grows on you quickly. Cults sound deceptively simple, but there's a lot to ding into, explore, and appreciate here. Full Review »