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SPECTRES

Blue Öyster Cult

 

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3.14 | 78 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars After a huge commercial success it's hard to not stay commercial.

While definately not the same caliber of their former work the BOC are still a capable sounding band with this release. However, this is a softer sounding album, definately less heavy and more produced. The result is mixed, leaving some very good material mixed in with some more or less average tracks. In the end it's the slower, more thought out tracks that dominate the record, but others are worth mentioning as well.

The album starts out on a good note, GODZILLA is a good grinding track with a nice heavy riff. Moving on we get to the very well done GOLDEN AGE OF LEATHER, which, in all honesty, would be a better song without that horrendous intro. Anyways, it's a song with good progression and a nice instrumental breakdown. Next on the dockett is one of the album standouts, the haunting DEATH VALLY NIGHTS, which is a great track, a bit on the slow side, but after a few listens you can definately get into it. The next track worth mentioning is the all-too-short FIREWORKS, showcasing some exceptional vocals. Afterwords we come to the definately commercial R. U. READY 2 ROCK, which, besides annoying me by spelling the name like that, is a decent track, with no real high or low points. A couple more tracks pass that sound like the band is simply going through the motions until we reach the next standout, the exceptional I LOVE THE NIGHT. This is easily the best song on the album characterized by everything that made DEATH VALLEY... good, but, well, better.

When it comes right down to it this may have been where the BOC started their decline, but it is still a good album worth listening to, but definately not their best. 3 Stars, good, but not essential.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |

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