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Sean Trane
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1 stars 1.5 stars really, just because of two songs

Obviously running out of breath after the still-good Spectres, the group skipped a year in the one studio album per year rhythm, and to keep the fan fans waiting in patience by releasing the then-uncalled for live album of Some Enchanted Evening. So Mirrors came one year later than it should've, but obviously the extra-time was not what the band needed, but probably a good holiday. Released in 79 with the bland artwork we know, Mirrors is the lowest point in their first decade of recording artist.

Marred by disastrous backing vocals, the opening track Dr Music and the disco-footed title- track and the soppy would-be hit ballad In Thee are giving the tone on just how bad this will be. Most of the rest of the album is jut as bad, sometimes really unworthy of previous BOC albums, most of the remaining tracks feel like fillers, IF it wasn't for three tracks that would find space on much better albums. Indeed the Moorcock-penned The Great Sun Jester, first of a trilogy of collab with BOC, while Vigil is a step back in time with their early albums and I Am The Storm would be a credible filler on Treaties or even on the not-so distant Spectres. For the rest, Basta!! Please move forward, there is nothing more worthy of being seen heard or dissected. Clearly the group was on the verge of breaking down or make drastic changes, but the days of Pearlman as producer/assistant were clearly over. Best avoided, and if you ask me, even completionists should think twice before getting Mirrors.

Sean Trane | 1/5 |


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