12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In early 2010 Cults (the duo of guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin) posted a single called “Go Outside” that enjoyed some well-deserved buzz. Featuring twinkling glockenspiel, a pulsating beat, layers of echo, and a terminally infectious chorus it’s a catchy and clever tune. And it’s surrounded by enough good material to prove that Cults is no one-hit wonder. The band’s appeal lies with their straightforward approach: basic drum beats, shimmering guitars, and well-placed synths and trippy samples that wrap around Follin’s sunny, sing-along vocals. Her sweet and innocent voice is in contrast to the often snide lyrics that she delivers with the kind of seductive melodrama associated with Motown girl groups and female-fronted Phil Spector creations such as the Ronettes. The other standouts, namely “Abducted,” “Most Wanted,” “Oh My God,” and “Never Heal Myself,” are bouncy and textured and coated in a gauzy sheen that injects just the right amount of mystery to the album. Overall an enjoyable debut that manages to be intriguing while delivering the ear candy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In early 2010 Cults (the duo of guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin) posted a single called “Go Outside” that enjoyed some well-deserved buzz. Featuring twinkling glockenspiel, a pulsating beat, layers of echo, and a terminally infectious chorus it’s a catchy and clever tune. And it’s surrounded by enough good material to prove that Cults is no one-hit wonder. The band’s appeal lies with their straightforward approach: basic drum beats, shimmering guitars, and well-placed synths and trippy samples that wrap around Follin’s sunny, sing-along vocals. Her sweet and innocent voice is in contrast to the often snide lyrics that she delivers with the kind of seductive melodrama associated with Motown girl groups and female-fronted Phil Spector creations such as the Ronettes. The other standouts, namely “Abducted,” “Most Wanted,” “Oh My God,” and “Never Heal Myself,” are bouncy and textured and coated in a gauzy sheen that injects just the right amount of mystery to the album. Overall an enjoyable debut that manages to be intriguing while delivering the ear candy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
485 Ratings

485 Ratings

riku2k8 ,

Worth the wait!

These songs are short enough to keep my full attention, but have enough elements within to keep my ears sonically satisfied. Only thing I can really complain about is that re album is so short. It leaves me wanting more! Well worth 7.99!

seabass9 ,

This Album Has Abducted My Ears

Honestly, it has. It makes me want to really want to go outside and listen to this song all summer. It will be one of the most wanted albums of the year. It makes me say to myself, "Oh My God." Truly, there are no bad things in this album; I want it to rave on, and on, and on.

katowice ,

Amazing

Amazing best album of 2011, better than owl city

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