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Curse of the Hidden Mirror
     

The Curse of the Hidden Mirror

4.8 10
by Blue Öyster Cult
 
Long Island's favorite metal-lite purveyors continued their comeback in 2001 with this unexpectedly accomplished set of new songs. Boasting the core of the original band with Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Eric Bloom, and Alan Lanier, Curse of the Hidden Mirror stays rooted in the group's tough yet jangly approach but ups the ante with

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Long Island's favorite metal-lite purveyors continued their comeback in 2001 with this unexpectedly accomplished set of new songs. Boasting the core of the original band with Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, Eric Bloom, and Alan Lanier, Curse of the Hidden Mirror stays rooted in the group's tough yet jangly approach but ups the ante with strong material that often matches, yet doesn't quite surpass, the band's best music. A return to the stylistic triumph of Agents of Fortune and the similarly titled Mirrors, the revived quintet coalesces around sharp riff-based rockers that show a band that has matured but hasn't lost its cosmic edge. Simplistic rockers like "Here Comes That Feeling" float on a fluently melodic bed, and when they slip into ballad mode, as in "Out of the Darkness," it's done without an ounce of pretension. Even the tougher rockers like "Good to Feel Hungry" and "Stone of Love" -- the latter co-penned by R. Meltzer (who worked with them in the '80s) and one of this album's highlights, a song as good as anything they've ever written -- never slip into either stiffness or, worse, self-parody. Roeser keeps his solos on low burn, never overstaying his welcome, and vocalist Bloom doesn't force his still-smooth voice, belying his age (early fifties) and veteran status. The opening tuneful rocker "Dance on Stilts" could easily fit on either one of the group's classic first four studio albums, as could the appropriately titled "One Step Ahead of the Devil," which is a high compliment indeed. In fact, except for a few slips on the simplistic "I Just Want to Be Bad," a track that's as bland as it sounds, Curse of the Hidden Mirror is a remarkably consistent, subtle, and even poetic album that expands their sci-fi undercurrents without getting lost in space. It's far better than some of the group's limp late-'80s work and stands as one of the finest albums of their nearly three decade -- and counting -- career of evil.

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Release Date:
06/05/2001
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768630420
catalogNumber:
86304

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The Curse of the Hidden Mirror 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BOC did a masterful job on ''Curse'' and the single, ''Pocket'' is a stroke of genius-true and deep.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a BOC fan or not I highly recommend you pick up this cd. This is a great rock cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BÖC has delivered another gem with Curse of the Hidden Mirror. Vocals by Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma are wonderful, and Buck shows he's still the greatest guitarist around. Buy this one, you won't be disappointed!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to pick up a recent BOC CD! Curse of the Hidden Mirror is great BOC material. It is a solid mix of rockin' ballads, hard edged metal, and bluesy boogie woogie. I can't stop playing it! I put it on at least every other day. It was also a thrill to recently see them live in the Syracuse area. What a band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't be so worried about the future... bring a kid to a BOC Concert, and save the universe
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blue Oyster Cult will rock you with their latest release. The production on this classic is first rate! There are so many great songs on Curse Of The Hidden Mirror that I gave it 5 stars and it is worthy. A rock n roll hurricane awaits your ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went out and bought this and Heaven Forbid around the times they were released. This is an excellent album, some of the songs just plain rock, even if you werent a BOC fan I still would recommend giving this album a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Blue Oyster Cult show why they're one of the premier rock bands of all time. This album is one of their srongest ever, and that's saying something, considering BOC's brilliant history. ''Curse'' has it all--melodic songs with memorable hooks, bone-crushing rocking, haunting, atmospheric tracks, superb production and exceptional musicianship and singing. Buck Dharma is one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and the evidence of that is plentiful on this disc, with lead playing ranging from incendiary to hypnotic. The vocals are also exceptional, and the band has never sounded tighter. Today's rock bands could learn a thing or 1,000 from the Old Gods...listen to this and you'll hear why they're called The Amazing Blue Oyster Cult.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Curse is a fine album that reflects the fact that BOC have never gone away. The song writing, with a couple of exceptions, is vibrant with all the standard BOC motifs firmly in tact. Buck Dharma again proves why he is rock's most ignored and underated guitarist. A fine album by one of rock's most enduring and accomplished bands!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a comeback, as Blue Oyster Cult never went away. Curse of the Hidden Mirror is definitely in the classic rock tradition, but with an undeniably fresh take on it.