Love (studio album) by The Cult

Love by The Cult
Year: 1985
Overall rank: 1,537th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 238 votes)
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Award Top albums of the 1980s (233rd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,537th)
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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 238 votes)
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01/15/2023 21:00 MickLord  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 3,29070/100
 
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This album is rated in the top 7% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.1/100, a mean average of 75.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.6.

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80/100
From 11/23/2022 15:36
Great piece of alternative 80s music with a bit of goth rock and new wave. Nirvana and Rain are the best tracks here in my opinion.
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40/100
From 04/12/2022 00:00
This feels like a very generic group of songs that lack character and edge in my opinion. Other than Rain and She Sells Sanctuary the rest are pretty skippable and none really grab me or draw me into the music. It feels a bit lifeless at times and like it is lacking quite a bit of energy. The choruses can be quite cringey and sound really dated especially on Revolution and Nirvana. The record feels very drawn out as well with some songs going on for 2 or 3 minutes too long making me just wait for them to end. The atmosphere is pretty consistent but isn't created as effectively as it could be. Overall, a few good singles but this record is pretty weak in my opinion.
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100/100
From 09/16/2020 22:45
The Cult was one of my favorite rock bands of the eighties, with Ian Astbury's Jim Morrison-like persona and Billy Duffy's scorching work on the guitar leading the charge. The Cult managed to weave together New Wave eighties vocal stylings, the loudness and grittiness of metal, and the New Age mysticism of post-punk, producing on their second full-length album one of the most undeniably great albums of the eighties. The high point here is the mysterious and hard-rocking "She Sells Sanctuary," one of the best, if not also one of the most lyrically impenetrable, songs of its generation. Unfortunately, The Cult never came close to making another album anywhere near this great, and they've gradually settled back into obscurity. But for the brief time that they shined, they sure did shine brightly.
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100/100
From 01/27/2018 04:37
Atmospheric. The album has a consistent tone, and despite all the singles, this is the peak of gothic-version Cult. It is almost a concept album, lots of elemental / weather references, missing people, returning, spirituality. Whereas by the time of the Ceremony album the same lyrics came out as "the same schtick all over again". Astbury doesn't over-sing, whereas in later albums he seems to feel the need to fill every gap.
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85/100
From 11/25/2017 16:06
A good album, psychedelic oriented hard melodic rock.Nice songs on this and a characteristic atmosphere and guitar sound all over the album.
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85/100
From 06/15/2017 16:17
Really fantastic album, so many great singles and it doesn't even feel like a singles album... It creates the atmosphere and is coherent which is unusual for the "singles" albums
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80/100
From 11/08/2015 20:05
An album of good consistent songs with one stand out track - She Sells Sancroary. I enjoy this album but I've not been driven to seek out any other Cult album.
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70/100
From 06/19/2015 15:46
Nothing mind-blowing but "Rain" and "She Sells Sanctuary" hint that The Cult could have been something better with a little more application... or taste.
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85/100
From 05/26/2015 15:59
Energic album, many great pieces. Rain's guitar riff is fantastic. Very good
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35/100
From 04/24/2014 21:32
feels like a mixture of u2 and the mission. quite enjoyable music but something is missing. couldn't quite catch what it is... maybe strangeness?
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