Hidden City
Studio album by
Released5 February 2016
Recorded2014–2015
GenreHard rock
Length52:26
LabelCooking Vinyl, Dine Alone
ProducerBob Rock
The Cult chronology
Choice of Weapon
(2012)
Hidden City
(2016)
Singles from Hidden City
  1. "Dark Energy"
    Released: 6 November 2015
  2. "Hinterland"
    Released: 12 January 2016

Hidden City is the tenth studio album by the British rock band The Cult, released on 5 February 2016 through Cooking Vinyl and Dine Alone Records.[1] It is the final part of a trilogy that began with Born into This (2007),[2] and The Cult's first album since their 1994 self-titled album not to feature bassist Chris Wyse; the role was filled by producer Bob Rock and Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction). It also marks the fifth time Rock had produced a Cult album.[1]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Classic Rock8/10[5]
Drowned in Sound7/10[6]
Exclaim!7/10 [7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Irish Times3/5 stars[9]
laut.de1/5 stars[10]
The National3/5 stars[11]
Record Collector3/5 stars[12]
The Spill Magazine3.5/5 stars[13]

Hidden City has received generally mixed to positive reviews from critics. AllMusic writer Thom Jurek gave the album three out of five stars, saying that it "touches on almost every period in their history." He continued his review, stating that "Billy Duffy's signature boogie-matic post-Electric riffing struts out in front of drummer John Tempesta's hard-swinging snare and thumping tom-tom vamp. Ian Astbury's baritone remains a tremendous thundering force, authoritatively delivering a typically messy lyric swamp of Tibetan Buddhist mysticism and Native American spirituality that warns of coming karmic consequences for exploitative and destructive behavior. Rock's wildly busy, over the top production swirls around it all."[4] Dom Gourlay writing for Drowned in Sound stated, "despite being active on and off for the best part of 33 years, their creative flame still burns brightly if tenth studio album Hidden City is anything to go by... More importantly, Hidden City slides succinctly into the upper echelons of the band's impressive canon, and that is no mean feat."[6] Exclaim!'s Jibril Yassin wrote, "On the Cult's tenth studio album, Hidden City, the long-running British act seem to have hit a new creative streak. Hidden City is the band's third album in recent years, and it's chock full of call-backs to various points in their career..."[7]

Lauren Murphy in her review of The Irish Times commented, "Atmosphere comes at the expense of innovation, but Hidden City is certainly a listenable collection, if perhaps only one for established fans who already know exactly what to expect."[9] A reviewer of The National commented, "The Cult have had their ups and downs through their 30-year career. Hidden City shows the band climbing new heights."[11] A reviewer of The Press wrote, "The Cult's tenth studio album finds them delivering a powerful mix of the brutal and the beautiful, the spiritual and the reflective."[14] Dave Simpson writing for The Guardian mentioned, "The reinventions aren’t as dramatic now, but they’re still not standing still. Their 10th album darts from brooding postpunk to old-fashioned heavy metal and back again. At the heart is still the curious chemistry between gruff-toned, cosmically inclined singer Ian Astbury and his polar opposite, down-to-earth Mancunian guitarist Billy Duffy, the Cult’s own human riff."[8]

Accolades

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016

Track listing

  1. "Dark Energy" - 4:26
  2. "No Love Lost" - 3:13
  3. "Dance the Night" - 4:15
  4. "In Blood" - 4:48
  5. "Birds of Paradise" - 6:26
  6. "Hinterland" - 5:06
  7. "G O A T" - 3:18
  8. "Deeply Ordered Chaos" - 4:32
  9. "Avalanche of Light" - 4:31
  10. "Lilies" - 4:16
  11. "Heathens" - 3:39
  12. "Sound and Fury" - 3:54

Music videos

  1. "G O A T" - Dir: Juan Azulay
  2. "Hinterland" - Dir: Juan Azulay
  3. "Deeply Ordered Chaos" - Dir: Juan Azulay
  4. "Dark Energy" - Dir: Juan Azulay

Personnel

The Cult
Additional personnel
Technical

Note

Just prior to this album's release, Damon Fox (keyboards) and Grant Fitzpatrick (bassist) were made full-time members of the band. However, they made no contributions to this album.

Charts

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 42
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 69
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 83
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 71
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[21] 143
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 51
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 66
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[24] 41
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 19
US Billboard 200[28] 153

References

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  7. ^ a b Yassin, Jibril (5 February 2016). "The Cult Hidden City". Exclaim!. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
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  9. ^ a b Murphy, Lauren (4 February 2016). "The Cult - Hidden City: only for established fans who already know exactly what to expect". The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
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