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This review is from: Agents of Fortune (Audio CD)
WOW!!! this album is just mindblowing, an amazing exposition of fine guitar work. from the powerful opener "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" with its sinister tone you are singing along before you know it. "True Confessions" is somewhat mellower in comparison, very foot-tappable all the same.
After these two tracks it is time for the all-time classic track: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". This track is just phenomenal, there is no other word. The riff is instantly recognisable but you won't know where from. David Roeder's voice cuts through the sumptuous hook like a hot knife through butter. The drums add to the beauty of the track, which is as near to perfection as music has got.
After that, ETI opens powerfully. It has a formulaic pattern for verse and chorus 3 times but each time the guitar gets more influential before the climactic final guitar solo lasting around a minute. if this doesn't blow you away and make your spine tingle then you aren't a fan of proper guitar playing. quite simply the very best guitar solo ever (yes, better than clapton).
after that, the rest of the album can't quite match up, though that's not to say it is bad - just that tracks 3 & 4 are mind-boggling. "The Revenge of Vera Gemini" features Patti Smith (the then girlfriend of one of the Cult) on vocals.
Other stand-out tracks are Morning Final and Debbie Denise. MF is jazzy and upbeat and will have you humming to yourself all day. DD is a fitting end to a wondrous record, a slower but well-constructed pop song (1970s pop, that is). it is a positive song to contrast with the sinister opening and death-orientated songs earlier in the album. this shows the range of which this band were capable. each member was accomplished in various instruments, and each take their turn at singing over the course of the album.
Overall, an lp you can't be without if you like 1970s guitar music, such as clapton or pink floyd.