The Cult Love on LP
British alt-rock act The Cult's 1984 debut, Dreamtime, proved to be an intriguing combination of early U2 and the Doors, topped off with Ian Astbury's ongoing lyrical fascination with Native American mythology. The immediate follow-up, 1985 masterpiece Love, ditched the most overt Doors references in favor of moody neo-psychedelia that sounds like a harder-rocking version of Echo & the Bunnymen. Equal parts psychedelic hard rock and new wave goth, the songs on Love emanate a bright guitar sheen, tight arrangements, crisp drumming and a commanding performance from Astbury. The driving singles "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Rain" introduced the UK band to American audiences and laid the foundation for the group's mainstream commercial breakthrough later in the decade.