2. Big Neon Glitter
4. Brother Wolf Sister Moon
7. Hollow Man
9. She Sells Sanctuary
10. Black Angel
Released 18 October 1985
Love was the Cult’s second album, originally released in 1985. It was their breakthrough and produced many singles including “Rain”, “Revolution” and the epic anthem “She Sells Sanctuary”.
The album eventually defined their career, but at the time, it flew in the face of everything that was going on in music. Their previous album, the moody and psychedelic Dreamtime gathered plenty of critical praise, but they made a decision to take a complete left turn for the follow-up.
In their Story of the Alternative 80s, Metal Hammer summed the album’s lore up well… “Proof that instinct and conviction are far more powerful and worthwhile artistic tools than cynicism or puritanical tyranny, Love continues to resonate because it dared to be a balls-out British rock album at a time when such values were routinely viewed with suspicion. Above all, Love is an album of great and ageless songs played by one of the greatest bands of this or any age.”
Two years later in 1987, The Cult released their third album Electric, followed by a string of hit albums. The band have continued to release amazing music with their latest release, 2022’s Under The Midnight Sun – their 11th album.
For Ian Astbury, The Cult Is Not a Legacy Act
Even in middle life, Cult frontman Ian Astbury flashes the wide-eyed bemusement of an adolescent punker struggling to identify with stodgy, sensible grown-ups. As his band of three decades preps the release of its 10th album of elegant hard rock, he’s a starburst of creative ambition and hyper-curiosity, frustrated by the fiscal realities of digital-age music commerce and the stylistic expectations foisted upon veteran acts.