"The critics have always been our enemy because of the self-appointed, self-anoited, houlier-than-thou approach they take. Even though they rarely have credentials, never went to school,never studied journalism and have no ethics, they have the point of view that their opinion is more important than ours. They are a bane to society, a completely worthless form of life as we know it on this planet." -Gene Simmons
Late 70's pop rock. Sometimes it's terribly bad in a high cheese factor kind of way. At their best they've got a Boston/Cheap Trick vibe happening, but sometimes it's not that good. Bay City Rollers keep coming to mind. This is a guilty pleasure type thing. it's not cool to like the Partridge Family or Styx. Is it? This album seems a bit ahead of it's time.
-Sweet/Runaways/Alice Cooper glam rock. The keyboard/synths kill are way overbored on the first song then they just kinda go away.
It was still the 70's when Kiss started playing catch up. There should be no surprises that this album sounds the way it does. In the early 80's when Metal started busting out and into the mainstream it was more legit and hard rockin'. By the time the mid/late 80's hit Metal ballads, keyboards and smokin' fast guitar solos jammed into every song...cheese pop metal had been run into the ground and been watered down to the point where it was very similar to runny diarrhea ...popular metal on MTV was really the bottom of suck. This is what Kiss is shooting for here and they nail it!
-Strong contender for worst Kiss album and not surprisingly one of their best sellers. Certainly the best selling of the non make up era.
Kiss albums always have strong openers. Songs that grab you right away on the first listen. You're, "Wow, this is pretty good". What happens with repeated listens, and with not that many repeats, you never want to hear that song again.
This feels like the most honest Kiss album in ages. Each song go's back and forth with Paul and Gene trade off vocals. Production is pretty fancy, where on the last album Pauls voice was sounding pretty tired. He sounds fine here. Genes vocals are his best in years and years. This album really emphasizes the strengths of their voices and somehow manage to push their weaknesses aside. I can't imagine they could ever sound this good live. I like the guitar solos too. This sounds more like amped up 80's Kiss with fancy modern day production than any of the 70's classic Kiss.
By the time you get to the seventh song or so..."Uh, it's still going"? That's where it gets a little Gene heavy with the dumb lyrics and all. Tenth song or so Tommy gets to sing about riding midnight rockets and space. Trying but not quite capturing the essence of an Ace Frehley song that is overridden with modern day Kiss type choruses. After that the Drummer sings a song about Rock and Roll and totally nails the Peter Criss type song that you wish wasn't on the album.
The album ends with a song where Paul and Gene trade off vocals. Maybe the strongest song on the album, but by the time you get here...just too tired of this. Next time, I'm gonna start with the last song skip the first song and end with the Peter Criss type thud.