Blue Öyster Cult – Mirrors (Review)

Blue Öyster Cult – Mirrors (1979)

Blue Öyster Cult had hit it big with 1976’s Agents Of Fortune but they were starting to sound like they were going through the motions by the time of 1979’s Mirrors. The slick Tom Werman production and generic songwriting displays little of the band’s usual esoteric adventurousness. The pastiche Moon Crazy should never have seen the light of day and the title-track has some woeful lyrics: “Pretty girls have a love affair/with their eyes and their shining hair”. The AOR approach mostly results in decent but forgettable tracks like Lonely Teardrops but does at least manage to offer up one Cult classic in the wistfully pretty single In Thee. The album is on stronger footing when the band finally starts to sound like the BÖC of old on The Vigil and I Am The Storm, a great cosmic pairing that livens up the second half. Definitely a lesser effort compared to its predecessors but Mirrors has just enough going for it to be worth a look.

Pretty boys have a love affair, with their eyes and their shining… hands?

27 thoughts on “Blue Öyster Cult – Mirrors (Review)”

  1. I always considered myself a BOC fan but never went deep into their catalogue. Gotta dig out some of that old vinyl, On Your Feet…Some Enchanted Evening, Fire of Unknown Fortune, Cultasuarus Erectus…

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  2. I really appreciate how you include the umlaut in both the band name and the BÖC acronym!
    Decent but forgettable is dangerous territory – glad to hear there was enough strength to keep it worthwhile

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  3. I picked up a bunch of BOC albums for cheap at a thrift store years ago. Look like someone had dumped their collection. I gave each a spin once and none stood out to me. I think this might have been one of them, but I’m not sure.

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    1. Not a one listen band really. If you’ve got Secret Treaties or Agents of Fortune give one of them a few listens and you won’t regret it! If you don’t have those let me know what you’ve got and I’ll point you in the right direction.

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  4. I have this one kicking about here, but I don’t think I’ve ever listened to it. Or at least I don’t remember it leaving any sort of impression. Which sounds about right. I might go drag it out of hiding and give it a whirl… just so I can say “a 3?… a 3?… a 3 out of 10, you mean!”

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