Hidden City (album)

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Hidden City
The Cult - Hidden City.jpg
Studio album by The Cult
Released 5 February 2016
Recorded 2014–2015
Genre Hard rock, alternative rock
Length 52:26
Label Cooking Vinyl, Dine Alone
Producer Bob 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 Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney. It also marks the fifth time Rock had produced a Cult album.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]

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."[3]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
15[5]

Track listing[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Chris Chaney - bass
  • Bob Rock - bass on "Dance the Night", "Birds of Paradise" and "Deeply Ordered Chaos", and additional guitars
  • Jamie Muhoberac - piano and keyboards
  • Dan Chase - additional drums on "Sound and Fury"
  • Ted Jensen - mastering engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 42
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 69
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 83
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 71
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 143
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 51
Italian Albums (FIMI)[13] 66
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[14] 41
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[15] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 19
US Billboard 200[18] 153

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Cult To Release 'Hidden City' Album In February; Hear First Single 'Dark Energy'". Blabbermouth.net. November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Renshaw, David (November 6, 2015). "The Cult announce new album 'Hidden City' – hear single 'Dark Energy' now". NME.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom (5 February 2016). "Hidden City - The Cult". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave (5 February 2016). "Hidden City - The Cult". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  5. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2016". Mojo. November 22, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Australiancharts.com – The Cult – Hidden City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Cult – Hidden City" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Cult – Hidden City" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Cult – Hidden City" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Cult – Hidden City" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Cult – Hidden City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – The Cult – Hidden City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – The Cult – Hidden City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – The Cult – Hidden City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Cult – Hidden City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  18. ^ "The Cult Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 February 2016.