Cults - Offering
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #380 / 669
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Based on 44 ratings
2017 Ratings: #379
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Northern Transmissions
While it may feel derivative on the surface, fans will find a lot to dig into from this latest record on repeat listens.

Ultimately, Offering lives up to its name -- Cults give more of themselves on these songs than ever before, and opening themselves to more possibilities pays off with some of their most exciting music.

God Is in the TV

With Offering, Cults have returned with a very strong set of songs, gloriously produced. Recommended!

Drowned in Sound

It might sound trite, but for a band long since written off as blog-buzz ephemera, it frames their return in the redemptive context it deserves, because it just so happens that Offering is also Cults’ finest work to date.

The 405

All in all, Offering is well suited to its release date, the perfect contented collection of pop vibes to kick back with as the fall readily approaches.

A.V. Club

They return refreshed and optimistic on the new Offering, which retains the retro pop sensibility and breathy, high-pitched vocals of Cults’ earlier work. But the expansive, echoing space that defined those first two records (its self-titled 2011 debut sounds like it was recorded in an empty high school auditorium) is filled here with layers of synthesizer sheen.


Now that the band has mostly retired edge from their playbook, the modicum of range and intensity in Follin’s voice feels more like a shortcoming than a stylistic choice, and makes it hard to trace the emotional trajectory of Offering. Combine all of this with the fact that the lyrics are sometimes entirely unintelligible ... and the meaning of these songs fades from view, dissolving into something both undeniably catchy and impermanent.

The Line of Best Fit

As much as Cults’ sound has expanded on their three album discography, Offering does the bare minimum in displaying their progression as individual artists - or as a group, for that matter.

Nov 26, 2017
Cults’ 2011 self-titled had a certain magic that would be very difficult for any band to replicate. Seemingly out of nowhere, they pioneered an off-kilter, ominous and mysterious yet pop-friendly sound, unleashing a wave of buzz. Six years later, “Cults” is just as good, but the band seems to have been dismissed into an ex-buzz band purgatory, which sells their talent short. Yet “Offering” is high stakes in proving that Cults are still relevant. For the most part, ... read more
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Track List
  1. Offering
  2. I Took Your Picture
  3. With My Eyes Closed
  4. Recovery
  5. Right Words
  6. Good Religion
  7. Natural State
  8. Nothing Is Written
  9. Talk in Circles
  10. Clear from Far Away
  11. Gilded Lily
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Added on: July 7, 2017