There are three eras of The Cult:
- 1985-1989: their prime, with the classic and best) Cult albums Love, Electric, and Sonic Temple)
- 1990-1995: their collapse, with Ceremony and the equally terrible The Cult, and a breakup in 1995
- 1999-2011: their resurgence, with the great Beyond Good and Evil and the very good Born into This
(Before you Cult fans start berating me, I know the band roots can be traced back to 1981 and that there is another Cult album in 1984, but let's call it what it was: just rubbish until Love. Sorry.)
In any case, Choice of Weapon appears to be heralding a fourth era: it's sad to say, but I am calling it "the end." It's a big step backwards -- it reminds me of Ceremony without the standout track "Wild Hearted Son," which means it's just crap on my shoe. The lyrics are really straightforward in a dumb way, Ian Astbury sounds old, and the background vocals are just distracting. I physically cringed a number of times while listening to this. Bob Rock did wonders with Bush, but he did no favors to The Cult here. Avoid at all costs.
Verdict: Pile of Death.