I was sceptical about this album because prior to all new releases Gene and Paul would always say this is the best thing they have done since Destroyer. Well it was no surprise when they saying the same thing again. However, this time it is different. The reviews have been consistently strong and based on several listens I am wholeheartedly in agreement. It is absolutely fantastic.
I do not think that Modern day Delilah should have been the first single - single as such - as it is, in my opinion, not the strongest on the album. For once, I am more of a fan of Gene's songs ont he album - true many of the songs were co-written with Paul and this could be the reason why there are so many good songs. There's not been many collaborations (Gene and Paul) since the 70s and for this album they have got together and this is reflected in the songwriting. Granted it will not set the world on fire in terms of songwriting but for a KISS album and a good classic rock album this is right up there.
"Hot and Cold" is one of my favourites and I also like "All for the Glory", "I'm and Animal" and "When Lightning Strikes".
Paul's songs are strong as well but with Gene's he has raised the bar and I think that the Gene-sung songs are on the whole better than Paul's.
There is some cheese on this album but it's good cheese - "Stand" and "Say Yeah" are two such examples.
Buy it if you have ever liked KISS, try it if you like classic rock. This is not all-70s, if anything it has more 80s sound to it. Not late 80s but Creatures/ Killers era sound, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion.