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Blue Öyster Cult


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4.17 | 234 ratings

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4 stars Close your eyes and try to think of the epitome of a hard rock album. This is it for me.

SECRET TREATIES is a wonderful little discovery that offers a bit more than what your standard rock band offers without sacrificing any power or gusto. It's one of those albums that isn't reliant at all on technical proficiency and can produce spine-tingling tracks that bypass that perceived lack of talent. And the whole thing is group effort in terms of writing credits.

As far as prog is concerned, the album sniffs the boundaries at times, most notably the interjection of synths in ''Flaming Telepaths'' and the connection of the tracks on the second side. Sound-wise, BOC have often been compared to Sabbath, but I hear far more Alice Cooper influence in their sound with Steppenwolf slipping in there. Speaking of Steppenwolf, the cover of ''Born to Be Wild'' is dynamite.

There is no mediocre track throughout the main album; only ''Subhuman'' and ''ME 262'' are comparatively not up to par. That great stretch of tracks in the second half is mind-boggling, and ending with the purely epic ''Astronomy'' is nothing to snuff at. Add all of those with the evil-tastic ''Career of Evil'' and the near-perfect rock track ''Dominance and Submission'', and you have one of the best hard rock albums to hit the market.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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