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Choice Of Weapon by The Cult
Released: May 2012
Label: Essential Music LLC
Choice Of Weapon is The Cult's best since their late-'80s peak. Which is really saying something, considering Love, Electric and Sonic Temple contain some of the most potent rock of the post-'70s era. Both Bob Rock and "desert rock" architect Chris Goss share production duties; they give the group an appropriately urgent sound (The Doors meets QotSA). Though Ian Astbury still can wail, he no longer sounds immortal. This fits the music's tone quite nicely, as the album feels like the memoirs of weathered journeymen who have wandered every road between Valhalla and Hades.
Justin Farrar
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