By now you probably know the story behind what was once the mystery of the Cults. After releasing “Go Outside” to their bandcamp page in early 2010 the interest for their dreamy childlike pop with female harmonies was through the roof. Eventually, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion were revealed as the band members and soon after Columbia records snatched them up and they began recording their debut album.
Honestly, it just didn’t seem right for a band to receive so much buzz after only a couple catchy songs and to be signed to a major label to boot? But Cults follows their sunny pop formula with heavy 60′s influences to a T and with songs like “Oh My God” how can you hate? Fun throwback beach pop seems to be on the rise and with several bands not getting the job done (ahem Best Coast – sorry I said it) I find Cults to be fairly sincere and refreshing in their sound. “Abducted” starts soft and then erupts into a head bouncing romp, “Most Wanted” is slow but still has a hop to it’s step, “Never Heal Myself” taps into the band’s cuteness and “Bumper” is like a lost cut from the 60′s. Although there are a couple stumbles along the way including “Bad things” and “Rave On” they are easily forgiven due to the easy on the ears nature of the rest of the album.
Bottom line, if you’re looking for heavy rock with purpose and lyrics that make you think Cults is probably not going to get the job done, but if you don’t take this one too seriously you’ll find yourself smiling softly listening to the dreamy vocals and fuzzy guitar riffs.