Album Review: The Cult, "Ceremony"

Ian 'Wolfman' Astbury returns, the Red Indian fixation still permeating, exploding more 'Yeahs' than a evangelical convention! The solid title track begins, before an Apache ritual ushers in the first single "Wild Hearted Son." This really is the fruit of Fire Woman's loins.

Rockin' in the truest of CULT traditions, "White" begins atmospherically, promisingly in a kind of Love way, but ends in a pointless directionless jam blow-out. The tempered "If" finds Astbury inciting racial harmony:
"If the tribes of Eden could find some common ground / we share on life and wisdom and free our minds from prison"
At last, Ian is making sense. Strange world, ain't it?

His encouragement to 'get funky' during "Full Tilt" is met with a fairly laughable attempt at bass slapping. "Do It", however, finds Duffy letting loose in a convincing trash. "Bangkok Rain" riffs slow and hard in a SABBATH sort of way.

Of the ballads, "Sweet Salvation" wind the head-to-head over "Indian Woman", down to its FLOYD-ish female backing vox. Which leaves us in "Wonderland", a mundane, disappointing finale to an otherwise accomplished CULT album.

Grade C+

Joe Mackett
Riff Raff
November, 1991 

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