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Spirit\Light\Speed
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Album: Spirit\Light\Speed
# Song Title   Time
1)    Back on Earth
2)    High Time Amplifier
3)    Devil's Mouth
4)    Tonight (Illuminated)
5)    Metaphysical Pisto
6)    Witch, The (SLT Return)
7)    It's Over
8)    Ch‚/Wild Like a Horse, El
9)    Tyger
10)    Shambala (R.F.L.)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Ian Astbury (vocals, guitar, percussion); Chris Gross (acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, background vocals); Novi Novog, Stefanie Fifie (strings); Scott Garrett (drums); Witchman (programming).
  • Producers: Chris Gross, Ian Astbury, Witchman.
  • Personnel: Ian Astbury (vocals, electric guitar, percussion); Chris Goss (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Novi Novog (strings); Scott Garrett (drums); Witchman (programming).
  • Recording information: Monkey studios.
  • Arranger: Chris Goss.
  • Ian Astbury's long-delayed solo debut shifts the focus from metal to the kind of ragged industrial trip-hop heard on the Cult's 1992 single "The Witch" (a new version of which is also included here). Spirit/Light/Speed is probably indistinguishable from what a Cult album would've sounded like circa 2000: rough and earthy, full of the mystic lyrics and extroverted performances that Astbury's been doing since early in the Cult's career. Chris Goss is an able stand-in for the Cult's Billy Duffy on the production and guitar-playing side, though it's clear that Duffy's distinctive songwriting skills could've come in handy. Though this is a solo album only a fan could really love, Astbury's transcendent voice -- one of the best of any British band during the '80s -- makes highlights out of a few songs here, including the ballad "Tonight (Illuminated)." ~ John Bush
Professional Reviews
CMJ (8/00, p.64) - "...An example of the kind of techno-rock experiment that Bush helped popularize with DECONSTRUCTED..."

Mojo (Publisher) (8/00, p.108) - "...It's just what you'd expect from a member of The Cult, but slightly better....his vocal is still a rousing, keening...thing..."
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