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5 stars In my opinion this is one of the best Blue Oyster Cult albums, I'll proceed to give my opinion on each of the tracks: BLACK BLADE: Not only is this the strongest song on the album but it's also one of BOC's strongest songs, with a perfect mix of rock and roll guitar (showcasing one of Buck Dharma's greatest solos), Eerie progressive synth breakdowns, primitive sounding drumming and sci-fi lyrics this song balances high and low well, the chorus is very powerful sounding heavy whereas the verses have this quirky jumpy sound (even though the dark subject matter contrasts it). The solo sections (guitar then synth) fit in perfectly even though in theory it wouldn't seem to work, even the chords in the song are very strange, it would take a musical mastermind to compose it. MONSTERS: Arguably the second best song on the album, it's easy to imagine the creepy giant monster on the cover whilst listening to this track. Monsters is another musically complex song with a fun "slimy" sounding riff and prog-rock synthesizers, the real uniqueness comes in these well places jazz interludes, which helps make the song so strangely catchy. DIVINE WIND: A grim, angry (almost passive) sounding track with a slow tempo and a powerful riff, lyrically speaks about America during a controversial time with an tyrant from Iran (at least so I've been told) The song is one of the stronger tracks on the album and will leave the lines "If he really thinks we're the devil, Then let's send him to hell" engraved in your brain. DEADLINE: Lyrically it's an ok song, good vocals too. It's catchy but musically straightforward. except the lead guitar licks are very good. Overall it's an average BOC song, but compared to the rest of the album, it's one of the weaker songs. MARSHALL PLAN: Another song to prove the creativity of BOC, this is definitely a more light-hearted song on the album, it's mildly comical as well. The song plays out as a narrative of a boy who has his girl stolen from him at a Rock show and then he get's mad and figures if he picks up a guitar and becomes a rock star he'll get his girl back, so he succeeds, and at the end still doesn't get the girl, but hey "that's the way it goes, it's Rock and roll!" Musically this song is blessed with a very catchy and powerful chorus accompanied by soaring solos by Buck Dharma towards the end, also there is a very clever sample of the infamous 'Smoke on the Water' by rock-giants 'Deep Purple' HUNGRY BOYS: Lyrically straightforward rocker, musically it's a catchy rock song with a chorus made to be implanted in your brain. It's very enjoyable to listen to and the upbeat fast tempo helps to lift your energy. Good song, not the strongest 'cos it doesn't take enough risks or delve too deep musically, but for what it is certainly not a bad song. FALLEN ANGEL: Arguably the most upbeat song on the album, with Joe Bouchard on vocals, this song is a synth-driven song with an infectiously catchy vocal melody. It's a song about satan (I presume) in which case it's the happiest sounding song I've heard about the devil.. Anyways, it's a fun creative track, I enjoy it but it's not my personal favorite. LIPS IN THE HILLS: Catchy song, with a powerful chorus (the chorus reminds me somewhat of the little brother of the monstrous opening song 'black blade') the song is a straightforward rocker. This album has two of those, 'Lips' and 'Hungry Boys', both catchy fun songs that are easy to get into, but not strong enough to make or break the album. Lips in the Hills is a fun song lyrically and instrumentally and fits in perfectly to the album. UNKOWN TONGUE: To me this song musically isn't too memorable, it's alright, not bad. But lyrically this song fares better the lyrics are eerie and dark (reminiscent to the first three BOC albums). Overall good closer to the album, not my favorite or least favorite in the album though.

Overall in my opinion there aren't any bad songs on 'Cultösaurus' it all works, musically creative, lyrically fun, even the album cover art is great at investing an audience. This album is a must-hear, shame it didn't get the attention it deserved.

Humzahj | 5/5 |


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