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AGENTS OF FORTUNE

Blue Öyster Cult

 

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2.93 | 115 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The band is heading to a softer angle after the great and wild rocking ''Secret Treaties''.

Some AOR orientations with the short opener ''This Ain't The Summer Of Love'', a pure Stones oriented track during ''True Confessions'' are for sure no weak songs but they can't compete either with the best of their previous album.

I was a bit squeezed with the short format of most of the tracks featured on this album. Their popish and easy listening ''Don't Fear The Reaper'' might well be they biggest hit, but I was never under the charm to be honest. It is so far from their genuine music.(at least this is how I felt). The best chunk of this song is the brilliant (but short) guitar break which highlights this track during the middle part. I've read some comments that compare this little tune with ''Stairway To Heaven''. Huuuumm???

The sound of the band is much more polished than ever. And I can't really endorse this. When I listened to ''E.T.I.'', I really wondered what happened. Some sort of ''hard rock'' for teenage US girls probably. Quite weak actually. You know which key to hit to avoid these useless sounds, right? (you can hit the same one while you''ll reach ''Morning Final'').

For an old freak as I am, it is of course quite a ride to listen to first few words from '' The Revenge Of Vera Gemini''. Patti is of course immediately recognizable: she sounds as wonderful here as during the intro of the incredible ''Land'' (from the wonderful ''Horses'' album). She is also providing some fine backing vocals throughout the track. My fave from this work, but I am totally biased.

The Cult has dramatically changed their sound since ''Secret Treaties''. No great hard to heavy rock any longer. Crafted and secured rock music, highly commercial (''Sinful Love''). But it is of course difficult to judge a band because they decided to sound more commercial (tons of bands have been doing this so.).

Still, this album can't hold the comparison with their previous release and not even with their earliest material. This is at best a good album. An AOR and rock combination highly tinted with pop influence ('' Tattoo Vampire'').

I will upgrade this album to a three star level (from five out of ten), but not thanks to the country stylish closing track. ''Debbie Denise'' which is definitely not the best track of the Cult available, believe me!

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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