Blue Öyster Cult
tried a new producer on Mirrors
, replacing longtime mentor Sandy Pearlman
with Tom Werman
, a CBS staffer who had worked with Cheap Trick
and Ted Nugent
. The result is an album that tries to straddle pop and hard rock just as those acts did, emphasizing choral vocals (plus female backup) and a sharp, trebly sound. But this approach didn't really go over well with longtime metal-oriented fans: "In Thee" became a minor singles-chart entry, but the album broke BÖC
's string of five gold or platinum albums in a row. The real reason simply may have been that the songs weren't distinctive enough. Much of this is hard rock could have been made by any one of a dozen '70s arena bands.