Sonic Temple (studio album) by The Cult

Sonic Temple by The Cult
Year: 1989
Overall rank: 2,957th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 147 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1989 (38th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (457th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,957th)
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Sonic Temple is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by The Cult on BestEverAlbums.com.

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Clock-Out Lounge Presents: Hippie Death Cult plus Mos Generator, Pink Boa
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ADAM TILZER Presents CULT CLASSIC VOL. 2 Oh No Love! You're Not Alone Listening Party Followed by A Bowie Dance Party
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Sonic Temple track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 79 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 147 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 8% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.3/100, a mean average of 74.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 11.3.

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80/100
From 12/21/2022 15:15
Início bastante forte!
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From 07/04/2021 05:00
The album where the Cult reached the big time, but with some sacrifice to the originality of the sound they had created. The first side is much better than the second and contains the four hits.
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90/100
From 10/28/2016 17:06
Outstanding album! Lots of great hard rockin' cuts with a little ballad thrown in for variety. The as yet unmentioned but positively outstanding deep cut is "American Horse."
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From 11/25/2014 16:11
Good album. Best 10 songs average is 82,5/100 and the album can get good 85/100. Best songs are "Edie (ciao baby)" and "Sweet soul sister" both 90/100, followed by "Fire woman" 85/100.
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
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75/100
From 11/14/2014 13:31
A bit more melancholy than their last two efforts and not quite as memorable, but a album that manages to be accessible hard rock without being full blown metal. It definitely peaks in the middle.
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From 07/28/2013 19:52
To me, good or bad, these guys are much like Def Leppard.
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From 05/14/2012 20:36
The Cult has fully transformed from a Gothic rock outfit to a fully fledged hair metal band. Perfect timing as thanks to Guns 'n' Roses, keyboards had been ditched as an instrument. Great production, great songs and vastly improved guitar work. Classics for me are: Fire Woman, Edie, Sweet Soul Sister, Soul Asylum, Soldier Blue and Wake Up Time For Freedom.
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