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Blue Öyster Cult


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3.58 | 136 ratings

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3 stars ''It's time we had a break . . . ''

At times, it sounds like that's what the band members themselves were thinking when making Fire Of Unkown Origin. I'm not so sure what people see in this album that they give it such high marks. I'm not even saying it's bad my BOC standards, but I do feel like the band has done better work than this, and while it's not bad, I don't consider it to be among the band's best works, either.

Perhaps it's because I grew up listening to the Blue Oyster Cult that played adventurous, technical Hard Rock music that touched me in ways emotionally I couldn't eve describe. All of the music I heard coming from them before I decided to experience their albums one-by-one seemed to be full of adventure and slightly foreboding undertones, presented in a fresh, interesting package. When I first heard Fire Of Unknown Origin, it almost sounded too simple for them.

Now, I don't have any issue with simpler music, as long as the songs themselves are best served, but i don't know . . . something about this music gives me a vibe that they were almost holding back at times. I think it's quite good in many respects, but it gets stale rather fast for me when compared to some of the other BOC stuff I've been listening to, lately. Perhaps I still need time to 'get it', but I've had this album for quite a while, now, and whenever I return to it, my opinion stays the same; very good, but subdued and not as good as it could have been.

So, while they sound a bit tired on this release, at least to my ears, it's still pretty good, and worth giving a chance. but for some reason I have never been able to 'connect' with this one. Oh well. Can't win them all, I suppose.

A solid three stars. Semi-happy listening.

JLocke | 3/5 |


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