What a strong introduction and start to one of the greatest rock bands of the '70s. "Blue Öyster Cult" is a finely crafted album, its got this country-boogie rock to it but with cryptic, haunting, and sometimes beautiful lyrics. The songs often get described as "spooky" and "eerie" and that's true but not in the way a black metal record or a horrorfilm soundtrack would be. There's just something slightly off about these songs and it's not easy to pin down exactly what it is. Like those nightmares that creep the shit out of you but if you try to retell them to someone else everything that scared you about them gets lost in translation. As far as favorites go, I can't really single out certain songs because everyone of them gets enhanced by its surroundings. That doesn't mean they're not memorable in itself: "Transmaniacon MC" is an aggressive opener, "Then Came the Last Days of May" a moody folk song with nice, evocative storytelling, "Before the Kiss, a Redcap" and "She's As Beautiful As a Foot" are hypnotic and abstract, "Cities" a great rock song, "Redeemed" a sweet closer. And "Screams" is probably the only song here that is expressively creepy. If you dig rock music from the '70s, you will probably find something for you on here, but the album works best if taken in as a whole.