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4 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Kiss Catalog, Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 40:02
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  • ASIN: B001KUCIWW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,082 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jamesfranklin22" on 8 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
After the genre-bending success of "Dynasty", KISSes disco onslaught continued with "Unmasked" the following year. This album is notable in that it is the first to not feature original drummer Peter Criss, the more competent session drummer Anton Fig taking the drum stool for this album.
In contrast to the more drawn out, compact sound of "Dynasty", the songs on this album were by lengths shorter and more diverse in their style. Paul Stanley shines on the strutting pop rock of "Is that you?" and the crooning balladry of "Shandi", showing he is quite at home with this new image and sound. Other pop gems like "What makes the world go round" and "Tomorrow" prove, perhaps more than on any other album, the Starchilds fine ability to write bona fide pop songs. Only the faux-funk of "Easy as it Seems" fails to impress here.
Gene Simmons's efforts are also suitably tuned in to the bands new sound. "Shes so European" is a synth laden number thats in truth more Stanley than Simmons, and the last song "You're all that I want" is a lovely pop song, that shows the demons mellow side more ably than any song on his solo album. But it is the moody atmospherics of "Naked City" that is Simmons' finest moment here, being a blend of powerful riffery, new found pop sensibilities and a rarely seen maturity, that is similar in tone to "Charisma" and "X-Ray Eyes" off "Dynasty."
Following the departure of Peter Criss, lead guitarist Ace Frehley attmepts to fill the void by contributing more of his own material than on any other KISS album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Choma on 23 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
1980's "Unmasked" almost always ranks at the bottom of Kiss fans' list, right next to "The Elder." I've always liked this album, especially the Ace Frehley songs. However, there seems to be a new appreciation of this album, almost thirty years after the fact.

No, it's not the typical hard rock Kiss fans came to know and love over the years; it's more closely linked to 1979's "Dynasty," and showed the band struggling to retain the momentum from "I Was Made For Loving You," their biggest international hit to date (keyword: international). Yet they focused more on the rock tunes than the disco with this album.

With "Unmasked" Kiss delivered more of a pop oriented album, yet there's still personality to it. By that, I mean it's got the Kiss sound that's missing on most of the later 80's albums. When Kiss tried the pop direction again with 1987's "Crazy Nights," they checked their identity at the door and tied to be Michael Bolton, Foreigner, Bon Jovi... fill in the blank. Maybe it's having that third person (Ace) there to lend a different sound, but to me, it works. It also worked for fans in Austrialia who made is Kiss' biggest selling record in that country.

Paul's songs ("Is That You?", "Shandi," "Tomorrow," and "Easy as it Seems") dip into hard rock, soft rock, and disco. I particularly like "Tomorrow."

Gene's tunes ("Naked City," "She's So European," and "You're All That I Want") lean more towards soft rock, with "She's So European" being the best of the three.

Ace's songs ("Talk to Me," "Two Sides of the Coin," and "Torpedo Girl") are the best -- and most fun -- on the album.

If there is a problem with the album, it's the comic book cover with the reporter claiming that "Kiss still sucks." Not good PR, and not a good cover. The poster that was inside with the band removing their masks, only to reveal the same masked faces beneath would have been the better choice.

Grade: B
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
While its easy to dismiss this disc due to its appalling production nuetering some fantastic songs,this album is worthy of your attention,why? - because its the last album from kiss to still have some humour,Ace's songs 2 sides' and torpedo girl never fail to bring a smile,stanley's songs had the production been similar to his solo album would have rocked your world and despite that shandi is still a bona fide classic,ask the aussies,tomorrow could have been a legend,simmons despite continually critisicing this disc,has some fine songs naked city for example and shows of his bass skills,something often overlooked,again as with dynasty this disc wasnt fully explored in the live arena,unbelievably your all that i want was played,tommorrow and what makes the world go round surely would have been better!!! still buy and give it a chance
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 22 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
Two Sides of the Coin sums up KISS first album of the 1980s. Not in it's melody or theme but in that one line. Unmasked is a curious mix of the brilliant and the awful.

On the bright side, it features some superb and well written songs. Shandi is sweet, poppy but very good. Naked City remains one of the best songs the band ever wrote but never received recognition, and others such as Tomorrow, Easy as it Seems and Talk to Me are also very good songs. The problems was the production, which ruined the whole album. After going disco to an extent on 1979's Dynasty, the band went on an all out pop attack with Vini Poncia at the helm for Unmasked. Starnge for a band who started spititng blood and breathing fire in 'sleazy prostitute hotels' but true. One only has to compare the encouraging but slightly limp Talk to Me to it's live version to hear what the album lacked - teeth! The keyboards that supplemented the work on the previous album dominate and the guitars sound like they had daisy chains for strings. The production changed the songwriting as well, with tracks like She's so European and Torpedo Girl smacking of radio friendly pop.

Unmasked standouts in KISS collection as a curious entity. Several finely written potential Klassics spoiled by being over polished in production. That being said, the above songs are excellent (especially Naked City), and despite their mistaken direction and some truly dismal songs (Torpedo Girl and You're all that I want in particular) it is still worth a listen.
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