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Album Review

Blue Öyster Cult tried a new producer on Mirrors, replacing longtime mentor Sandy Pearlman with Tom Werman, a CBS staffer who had worked with Cheap Trick and Ted Nugent. The result is an album that tries to straddle pop and hard rock just as those acts did, emphasizing choral vocals (plus female backup) and a sharp, trebly sound. But this approach didn't really go over well with longtime metal-oriented fans: "In Thee" became a minor singles-chart entry, but the album broke BÖC's string of five gold or platinum albums in a row. The real reason simply may have been that the songs weren't distinctive enough. Much of this is hard rock could have been made by any one of a dozen '70s arena bands.

Customer Reviews

Mirrors one of BOC's underrated best

I remeber listening to this album often when I was a precarious youth. I cranked up The Great Sun Jester, and I am the Storm, and listened intently to the poignant lyrics. "Mirrors they reflect what the rest of us sees". "Vanity's a deadly sin, its what the flesh is packaged in". How can you top that. This is a very strong, high energy album. All the songs are good. The tunes are more pop oriented than earlier albums, thus the die hard BOC fans will disdain to some extent. Listen though and fall prey to the mystery and fanaticism that is the cult.

Would you believe the band calls it "Errors"?

Dr. Music is a bouncy rock-n-roll piece with a catchy base line that's just fun. The Great Sun Jester is fine and atmospheric allegory that takes off nicely, changing styles partway through. In Thee is probably one of the best love songs ever written for its simplicity and clarity of emotion. Mirrors is incredibly literate and all the more effective for its mocking, pop elements. Another great tune. Moon Crazy is nothing to go crazy about; probably the weakest track. The Vigil is an unusual-sounding tale of a UFO enthusiast waiting to snap a picture of a flying saucer and is one of the band's typical departures into SciFi rock. Still, it's a fun little departure that leaves you smiling. I Am The Storm is another BoC staple, a quick loop into biker-rage. It's simple, straightforward and actually memorable. You're Not The One (I Was Looking For) sounds like a love song, but it wasn't written as such. Rather it was written about the pairing of the band with its label. However, it works much more effectively as a realistic love-song. The chorus says it all: "You're not the one I was looking for/You're the one for me"--that's a better description of how love really works than all the fantasy love-songs ever written. Lonely Teardrops has a unique sound that reaches out an grabs you, then says in your head. An excellent piece musically with some unique keyboards. Maybe the band wasn't happy with this album, but it nonetheless contains some of their best work: In Thee, Mirrors, You're Not The One and Lonely Teardrops. The Great Sun Jester, The Vigil and I Am The Storm are also journeyman work.

The more somethings different, the more its the same

A very good cross-section of input from all members of the band. Good Rock, a Great slow song (thanks Buck), and some Sci-Fi thrown in for good measure. It bounces around some. This is a BOC fan's album. And Im sure there were no BOC fans that were disappointed with this effert.


Formed: 1967 in Long Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Blue Öyster Cult was the thinking man's heavy metal group. Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-'70s. The band that became Blue Öyster Cult was organized in 1967 at Stony Brook College on Long Island...
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