Blue Öyster Cult will forever be associated with their 1976 hit, Don't Fear the Reaper from their Agents of Fortune album. With that album the expectations for the band changed.
Spectres, the follow-up to Agents of Fortune finds a band straddling the line between metal and pop. Existing in the shadow of its predescessor, Spectres is sometimes overlooked much to the listener's detriment.
There is plenty of finely crafted music on this album. The scorching guitars are still there, the tight harmonies are there. And from the opening Godzilla (which became a staple of BÖC's live set) the band makes a very clear statement that they're still bringing to table all of the elements which fans had come to know and love about them.
While the album as a whole is up to the standards which the band had set for themselves on Agents of Fortune, it is a bit uneven. Goin' Through the Motions while catchy is trite and shows the band veering a little too far from the metal and a little too close to the pop for this listener's liking.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the stirring and evocative ballad-- a love song, not for a lady, not for a pet, a deceased friend or family member, but for "the night." I Love the Night, is easily one of the, if not the best "slow song" in the band's otherwise uptempo canon. It's also one of the better songs on Spectres.
This is an excellent "mood" album and can best be enjoyed in candle or black light, subtle incense, and a pair of headphones. So, what are you waiting for, turn down the lights and TURN UP THE VOLUME.