Label: Columbia - CK 32017 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock
The band picked up their tempos considerably on this sophomore effort, and producers Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman added a lightning bolt of high-end sonics to their frequency range.
Add to this the starling lyrical contributions of Pearlmanrock critic Richard Meltzerand poet-cum-rocker Patti Smith who was keyboardist Allen Lanier 's girlfriend at the timethe split imagery of Side One's thematic, "The Red" and Side Two's "The Black," and the flip-to-wig-city, dark conspiracy of Gawlik's cover art, and Hot Rails To Hell - The Blue Öyster Cult* - Tyranny And Mutation entire concept was not only born and executed, it was received.
The Black side of Tyranny and Mutation is its reliance on speed, punched-up big guitars, and throbbing riffs such as in "The Red and the Black," "O. D'd on Life Itself," "Hot Rails to Hell," and "7 Screaming Diz-Busters," all of which showcased the biker boogie taken Nellyville - Nelly - Nellyville a dizzyingly extreme boundary; one where everything flies by in a dark blur, and the articulations of that worldview are informed as much by atmosphere as idea.
On the Red Side, beginning with the syncopated striations of "Baby Ice Dog," in which Allen Lanier 's piano was as important as Buck Dharma 's guitar throb, Hot Rails To Hell - The Blue Öyster Cult* - Tyranny And Mutation of ambiguity and bluesy swagger enter into the mix.
Eric Bloom was the perfect frontman: he twirled the words around in his mouth before spitting them out with requisite piss-and-vinegar, and a sense of decadent dandy that underscored the music's elegance, as well as its power.
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