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Buck's first solo is it any good?,
By A Customer
This review is from: Flat Out (Audio CD)
Buck Dharma is the lead guitarist, sometimes vocalist and founding member of hard rock outfit Blue Oyster Cult ( most famous for the MOR classic "Don’t Fear The Reaper").
Anybody familiar with Buck’s BOC work might be surprised that Flat Out is overall a very mellow rock album, although, he does rock out on. "Born to Rock" and "5:45" most of the time he takes a laid back approach.
Well played and produced, 60’s harmonies, intelligent 70’s prog rock guitar and a touch of 80’s synthesizers are welded on to some solid songs which often incorporates BOC’s trademark off centre approach to lyricwriting, in "Your Loving Heart" Flat Out has one of the most twisted love songs I have ever heard by a mainstream artist.
There are some beautifully crafted songs here like "That Summer Night" and "Cold Wind" which are surprisingly soulful and evocative and recall BOC’s quieter moments from "Spectres" and "Mirrors" like "I Love the Night" and "In Thee".
I have a few grumbles. Unfortunately for such a short album there are way too many fillers, The instrumental "Anwar’s Theme" goes nowhere very interesting, also the acapella "Wind, Weather and Storm" won’t be every rock fan’s cup of tea worst of all the album just kind of fades out with the pretty but unconvincing "Come Softly to Me"