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Hidden City would have made a great EP, but lls r short of the mark as an album. It closes this arbitrary trilogy on a strange and unsatisfying note.

The tenth fuength studio release for the British rock band was produced by Bob Rock.

Stuff it in your cars CD/ iPod player and hit the road already…youll know what im talking about.

As ever in Cultworld, chchchchanges find them at their best.

This is quite frankly maybe the best Cult record ever, at par with Love album and artistically r more articulated than their most successful

Recent world events demand some kind of visceral response, and sonically, musically and emotionally, Hidden Citys primal, fromtheheart worldview represents just that, unwittingly or not. [Mar , p.]

Hidden City is last album in Ian and Billys selfdescribed trilogy of releases starting with the underappreciated Born Into This and

Hidden City is a work of a band that is artistically confident, with excellent instrumentation Duffy and Tempesta especially and mix that is just eclectic enoughthis time, it seems, Bob Rock was reined in a bit, thankfully. The songs are atmospheric, moody and beautiful and weird Astburys lyricism just adds more mystery to it. If it was not for the overblown and quite unnecessary GOAT, this album would deserve a full stars in my opinion. From the goth and dark In Blood, Birds of Paradise… to the classic Cult propulsion and swagger Dance the Night, Heathens…. it is all here and extremely well executed.

This is quite frankly maybe the best Cult record ever, at par with Love album and artistically r more articulated than their most successful Sonic Temple album which is in my opinion severely overproduced and overrated.

So, while Born Into This may be feel like the first steps into a new vision, and Choice of Weapon may feel like a more confident realization of that vision, this release ties it all together by combining their new found knowledge with lessons from the past. You can hear all The Cults records in this one at different points but they are more allusions than direct references and they dont forget to add new flourishes. Hard rockers like Dark Energy and No Love Lost have a nice tribal drum beat by Tempesta, who has really locked down their rhythm section since coming on board with Born Into This, and the guitars are explosive without being riffdependent. Dance The Night is a really a different kind of rocker for them its flows and grooves with a nice payoff in the chorus. The time shifts nicely with In The Blood and Birds of Paradise taking advantage of the addition of keyboards/piano that hinted on previously in songs like For The Animals. In general, the keyboards add a melodic depth to the songs that gives this album a unique sound in relation to the bands previous nine albums. Hinterland is a beast…a driving pulsating beast…its this albums Lucifer in terms of a standout track. G O A T is a down and dirty riffrocker reminiscent of classic Zeppelin or Sabbath. Deeply Ordered Chaos shifts the tone considerably with a thoughtful sonic and lyrical tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Avalanche of Light picks the album back up as a brisk rocker with solid guitar work from Billy and a melody line that stretches but doesnt break Ian vocals. Lillies has a nice Spanish feel in its rhythm and phrasing with Billy copping some Sanantaesque lines. Heathens is nole for its driving beat and heavy bottom thick with distortion, a mere trifle but fun. Ending with Sound and Fury was a nice choice as it allowed the album to end on a very open and vulnerable note. Ians voice is rougher but what it lost in elasticity it gained in character…

Theres a lingering, forced feel and more than a few questionable stylistic decisions. [No. , p.]

Hidden City is last album in Ian and Billys selfdescribed trilogy of releases starting with the underappreciated Born Into This and it heavier predecessor Choice of Weapon. If you have been a n of The Cult as a group, and not just inidual songs that you may have added to your best of the s/s mixtapes, you would know already that they rarely sit still and produce the same riff/music/album over and over. Its what defines them and is the conscious musical direction that Ian/Billy set out on in their effort to continue to produce quality and relevant music as opposed to being, in Ians words, a legacy act. This was true when they scrapped the Peace album and redid it with Rick Rubin as Electric; it was still true when they enlisted Bob Rock for the first time to produce Sonic Temple to continue to tweak their sound; it was true when they went rawer and more personal on the Black Sheep album after the disappointment of Ceremony. After s Beyond Good and Evils lineup fell apart due to a dispute with Atlantic, you were left wondering where they would go from there…or would they come back again. It was at this time it appeared they made a decision to just play what they felt would be good music while continuing to evolve which they successfully demonstrated on their past two releases.

If you are expecting Love Removal Machine or Lil Devil Part or , you are going to be disappointed but thats kind of the point. They arent going to do that and they havent done it for years. However, if you want to listen to a great rock band play some incredible new music than this is the album for you.

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Deviations arent needed when you can enjoy Hidden City for what it is a Cult record. [Mar , p.]

Though occasionally betraying signs of metal tigue, mostly Hidden City is vibrant fun. [Mar , p.]

This is no Love, Sonic Temple, or even Electric but Hidden City is up there with them. A ntastic album from beginning to end. More

Car burns by the roadside Smoke swirls into grey light Barricades are ding Fates that guide me gently What I ce I cant see Just escaped with my

This is no Love, Sonic Temple, or even Electric but Hidden City is up there with them. A ntastic album from beginning to end. More listenable than their last couple of releases, imo.

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Sometimes theres a feeling of business as usualboth Heathens and Avalanche Of Light ll into that categorybut then when your legacy is as distinguished as The Cults, such a trait should not be scoffed at.City TourHidden City

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