Born into This

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Born Into This
The Cult - Born into This.jpg
Studio album by The Cult
Released October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)
Recorded February 2007
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:57
Label Roadrunner
Producer Youth
The Cult chronology
Beyond Good and Evil
(2001)Beyond Good and Evil2001
Born into This
Choice of Weapon
(2012)Choice of Weapon2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 58/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Now Magazine 3/5 stars[3]
Paste (56/100)[4]
Uncut 4/5 stars[5]

Born into This is The Cult's eighth studio album, and was released on October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02) in the US and Canada, also South Africa and Sweden. It was released in Hungary, Denmark, Spain and France on October 1, and in Finland on the 3rd.[6] It is the follow-up to 2001's Beyond Good and Evil, the band's first reunion album, and also its first (and only) release on Roadrunner Records. It was recorded at Britannia Row Studios in London, with additional recording in Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.

The band initially recorded 13 songs for use on the record, and performed one song, "I Assassin", live on their June 2007 European tour. The first single was "Dirty Little Rockstar", released in mid-August.

A special edition of the album, called the "Savage Edition", containing an extra CD with 5 additional tracks (two demos, two unreleased album outtakes and one full-length version), was also released. The Taiwanese versions were released with an obi strip, and Japanese pressings contains lyrics in Japanese.

It debuted at #72 on the UK album chart the week after its release, and #63 in Italy. In the United States it debuted at #70 on the top 100, #17 on the Top Rock Albums chart. In Canada it debuted at #29, and the Top Alternative Albums chart at #3. In Croatia it debuted at #7. In Germany at #81.

In 2009, citing issues about albums, frontman Ian Astbury said that Born into This would likely be the last studio album released by the band.[7] However, he has since changed his mind and the band released the follow-up, Choice of Weapon in May 2012.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy.

  1. "Born Into This" – 4:04
  2. "Citizens" – 4:32
  3. "Diamonds" – 4:06
  4. "Dirty Little Rockstar" – 3:40
  5. "Holy Mountain" – 3:42
  6. "I Assassin" – 4:13
  7. "Illuminated" – 4:07
  8. "Tiger in the Sun" – 5:09
  9. "Savages" – 3:54
  10. "Sound of Destruction" – 3:30

Bonus Disc (Savage Edition)[edit]

  1. "Stand Alone" – 5:13
  2. "War Pony Destroyer" – 4:21
  3. "I Assassin" (Demo) – 4:37
  4. "Sound of Destruction" (Demo) – 4:25
  5. "Savages" (Full Length Version) – 4:32


Release history[edit]

Region Date
Bulgaria October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01)
United Kingdom
Canada October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
South Africa
United States
Finland October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)
Australia October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)
Hong Kong


  1. ^ "Born Into This by The Cult". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Now Magazine review Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "The Cult: Born Into This". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Uncut review
  6. ^ "The Cult: 'Born Into This' Pushed Back To October". 2007-07-12. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  7. ^ "Ian Astbury Says There Will Be No New The Cult Album". 2009-07-07. Archived from the original on 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2009-07-07. 

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