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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Cults - Cults (Album review for Buzz magazine)

Words originally for Cardiff's Buzz magazine and can be found in the June edition of the print magazine.

Cults (In The Name Of)
Cults' early tracks had a certain 60s pop freshness, an excitement, that lead to impressive levels of (seemingly deserved) blogger-hype. New tracks, however, struggle to capture the same pop-zing of the NYC band's earliest efforts, and re-records of early internet-hits mean that even they fall flat on this record. Perhaps that this was to be the first release on Lily Allen's venture into the record label biz should’ve been a sufficiently big hint that this might be a bit pants. 'Cause it is. JM

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