Thursday, February 24, 2011
[filtermagazine.com] First Impressions:
- After signing to Columbia last fall, the much-buzzed-about Cults are ready to make their full-length debut with Cults. Produced by Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells), the New York duo's self-titled album is set for release May 3rd and they will begin a U.S. tour in March.
- It's not hard to hear why "Go Outside" is one of the tunes that got people talking about Cults before they had released anything. With the tinkling of bells that seeps through the entire track and the laid-back beat that bumps it along, it's one of those songs you can't help but sing along to—even if you don't necessarily know the lyrics.
- Throughout the record, the band does a good job of keeping things catchy while also taking moments to slow it all down ("You Know What I Mean," "Rave On"). But they don't stray very far from that leisurely tempo, with the exception of opener "Abducted," which makes it obvious that the moments where they kick it up are few.
- With hand-claps, actual piano (or at least "piano mode" on a keyboard) and Madeline Follin's vocals at the forefront of "Bad Things," its narrower focus makes it stand out among the other tracks.
- This self-titled debut truly feels like an introduction to Cults; when it's over you've got a good feel for them and it leaves you wondering what direction they will go in next.
"Abducted," "Go Outside," "Most Wanted," "Never Heal Myself"
There is no denying that Cults know what they're doing when it comes to crafting appealing melodies. While they've already got people hanging on with "Go Outside," they will more than likely hook themselves quite a fan base with their debut.
2. Go Outside
3. You Know What I Mean
4. Most Wanted
5. Walk at Night
6. Never Heal Myself
7. Oh My God
8. Never Saw The Point
9. Bad Things
11. Rave On
Posted by Dan Goldin at 7:32 PM