A fine album from BOC, featuring a few standout tunes. From the stinging guitars of "Take Me Away", to the smooth, synthesizer-washed moodiness of "Shooting Shark", the album is a good listen. Yes, there are inconsistent moments, like the syrupy "Light Years of Love", and some songs that sound like formulaic BOC of old ("Shadow of California"), but overall this is a good set. "Feel the Thunder" is gothic biker fare reminiscent of "The Golden Age of Leather" from the "Spectres" album. "Let Go", maligned by some for being a self-referential party chant, is really more about a band that has never taken itself seriously dealing up a rock-n-roll romp for its fans.
This release sounds good, with excellent audio detail that reveals all the quirks of the very 1980's production - those digital reverb tails, and big snare sounds in particular. The band, however, is in fine form here, with lots of tasty guitar work from Buck Dharma, and strong vocals from Eric Bloom in particular.
If there's one thing to dislike here, it's the thin re-packaging job - the disc has a generic Sony logo on it, and the accompanying booklet is little more than the cover art. Overall, while it sounds fine, it feels like a press-on-demand discount offering - which is, I suppose, what it is.
Nevertheless, fans of the band will enjoy this album, and for newcomers it wouldn't be the worst place to start, although more universally-loved albums such as "Fire of Unknown Origin" or "Agents of Fortune" might be better first choices.