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Blue Öyster Cult


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2 stars They rock harder, and this can only be good, right?

Yes, the opener is absolutely furious. The Red and the Black stomps so hard. Even when it restrains itself, it slams everything in its path. Too bad the vocals are still mediocre, and the lyrics just as bad as ever. It has a more in your face and punching feel. That solo is excellent. It flails itself about wildly. And has to be some of the heaviest playing out. It has some progressive moments, as well. Then the strange sets in. They do a George Thorogood cover! Nah, I am joking with you, but it does feel like a psychedelic version of that. A little on the mundane and weak side, but it is still rather unique and interesting.

Hot Rails to Hell is another fast rock song. It positively slams around. Not that is too amazing, but they rock pretty hard. And that is the vibe of this entire album. It is a hard rocking album, just as any other, with weak lyrics, smashing guitar, and a vocalist who can't hold a tune. It rocks harder, and they have quirks that their contemporaries didn't have (or hadn't developed yet) but this is an absolutely average affair.

Screaming Dizbusters has a cool riff before going into average territory. True, nothing amazes, here. Not a single song. Not to the grooving of Baby Ice Dog, or the strut rock of Wings Wetted Down. It all feels so mediocre, on the very good side of mediocre, but mediocre.

Teen Archer has another great, but simple riff. To be honest, this album feels less memorable than their debut, while the playing is overall better. The main thing, is that this album doesn't have an absolute classic like Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll. There is just nothing here for anyone but fans of early hard rock. Although they rock harder, and the keyboards used aren't so bad. I just wish they had carved out a more interesting identity.

Mistress of the Salmon Salt closes the record on a distorted note. A boring note, but a note that doesn't offend.

In all, the album just doesn't feel amazing. It has too many boring or mundane moments. The vocals still aren't good, and the lyrics still suck. They rock out a bit more, but when they do, it isn't much more amazing than any other band in their style at the time. Alright, I suppose.

Best Song - The Red and the Black, but it's all the same.

Worst Song - It is all the same.

**1/2 stars.

Alitare | 2/5 |


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