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Blue Öyster Cult


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4 stars This is the one album in the entire BOC canon that I can actually listen from beginning to end. The guitars are playing the big riffs, the lyrics are sometimes esoteric or artsy, but they do carry a nice poetic grace for the most part. Teen Archer is a great example where they nailed the pounding guitar & the serious lyrics. The opener, the Red and The Black is a barn burner showcasing Buck's full barrel attitude at its' best. Cliched guitar solos & fills dare not show their face when he plays. The seeming stream of consciousness words talking about touring & border crossings also fit well. Other highlights - Hot Rails to Hell 7 Screaming Diz-Busters are fine examples of what 70s rock could sound like when done by masters. And while I could never get the American Sabbath tag, I can understand how the lyrical subject matters match to Sab's. The songs, though, don't sound as delightfully sludgy as Sab could do so well. When firing on all cylinders, BOC could hold its' own against any of the other iconic U.S. rock groups of the 70s (Kiss, Aerosmith, Nugent, Montrose etc ...). Unfortunately, they often came up short on the songwriting, which was never as consistent as the others. But on this one, they hit the target, repeatedly. If you're looking for some intelligent great 70s hard rock, this one is it.
debrewguy | 4/5 |


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