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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post make up,this is definitive eighties Kiss
'Asylum' saw Kiss moving comfortably into a market dominated by the big hair bands that they had themselves influenced.With a new guitarist in Bruce kulick they created,in my opinion, thier best work of the era.Songs like 'Tears are falling' and 'Who wants to be lonely'provided them with huge MTV hits,whilst other songs like 'Uh!all night' and 'I`m alive' showed that they...
Published on 25 Feb 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stanley saves the day!
Buy it for the Paul Stanley songs. "Who wants to be lonely" and "Tears are falling" are gems.
Unfortunatly, Gene Simmons was incapable of creating anything worth listening to throughout the mid 80's to earlies 90's, and he proves it with his tedious offerings on this record.
However, Stanley always comes up with the goods, and his voice and songs makes any...
Published on 8 Mar 2004


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post make up,this is definitive eighties Kiss, 25 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Asylum (Audio CD)
'Asylum' saw Kiss moving comfortably into a market dominated by the big hair bands that they had themselves influenced.With a new guitarist in Bruce kulick they created,in my opinion, thier best work of the era.Songs like 'Tears are falling' and 'Who wants to be lonely'provided them with huge MTV hits,whilst other songs like 'Uh!all night' and 'I`m alive' showed that they could still compete with the new younger breed of rockers.The album still sounds fresh and the performances from the whole group are excellent.If you are looking for a classic from Kiss` lost years then 'Asylum' comes highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stanley saves the day!, 8 Mar 2004
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This review is from: Asylum (Audio CD)
Buy it for the Paul Stanley songs. "Who wants to be lonely" and "Tears are falling" are gems.
Unfortunatly, Gene Simmons was incapable of creating anything worth listening to throughout the mid 80's to earlies 90's, and he proves it with his tedious offerings on this record.
However, Stanley always comes up with the goods, and his voice and songs makes any Kiss album worth buying!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...MTV Heaven........But The Purists Are Disgusted..., 14 Oct 2009
This review is from: Asylum (Audio CD)
Asylum...With new guitarist, Bruce Kulick now setteled in, KISS embarked on the follow up to the multi - selling " Animalize", with a new leigion of hundreds & thousands of MTV freindly fans in tow.

Paul Stanley came to the fore on his release, with his brand of FM freindly pop-rock, with a sound and direction that outraged a majority of the die-hard fans from the 70's, however the new generation of the KISS Army couldn't get enough.

MTV gems such as " Ugh, All Night" , " Who Wants To Be Lonley" & the pop-rock classic " Tears Are Falling" kept KISS in the public eye and the new generation loyal. However, Simmons was conspicuous by his absence on this recording, as was Eric Carr, who's input was limited also. Bruce Kulick made a solid, but uninspiring contribution. The sound is very " Big Hair" mid 80's as " King Of The Mountain", " I'm Alive" & " Trial By Fire" all testify. Nowhere near as good as " Creautres Of The Night", " Lick It Up" or " Animalize" by any stretch of the imagination, but it holds up as a chronicle of mid - 80's MTV rock.

The name of the game in the 80's was MTV & chart exposure, so with that in mind, this was a success. Even more chart/MTV success was to come with their next release. To many of the old guard KISS Army however, this was another slide down the slippery slope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A PRODUCT OF THE TIMES, 19 Mar 2014
This review is from: Asylum (Audio CD)
Ignore the dreadful image at the time. ignore the forced pop approach of Tears are Falling and definitely don't go near the awful Uh All Night (Stanley thinking an innuendo soaked anthem will triumph - Sooo wrong, cheesy and cringe worthy)

Now we have all that out of the way there is much to appreciate. Strong opener with Eric Carr prominent. Stanley's ever expanding vocal range retaining its power (changed days now!), Simmons most melodic songs on any album and Kulick trying to make his presence felt on his first official recording. (he had performed the solo on Lonely is the Hunter on Animalize and the outro solo elements on Murder in high Heels)

Highlights are Secretly Cruel, Who Wants To Be Lonely and I'm Alive but all in all its a fairly wonderful experience.

With other bands easily attaining platinum sales (Ratt, Crue, Def Leppard), KISS moved onwards into commerciality. The relative failure of Asylum to attain strong sales, resulted in the "bridge to far" for some fans (Crazy Nights) at a point when Guns N Roses were about to reset the market to a more gritty approach. Sums up the approach of KISS in the 80's as "followers" within the rock arena. Gotta love them though!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good 80's release., 2 Aug 2012
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Michael Dobey (colorado springs) - See all my reviews
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This one had the hit single. 'tears are falling' on it and lots of other good songs. It wasn't as good as the two releases before it. But fans at the time were not that unhappy with this one. The songs are hard but melodic but many are not as distinct from one another as some would have liked. Still the overall effect is a good one for hard rock fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars KISS ASYLUM has some great songs, 17 Jun 2012
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This is a KISS cd that all KISS fans need to have as there are some ok songs but then you have songs that KIIS play when you see them live .
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2.0 out of 5 stars plain average, 27 Dec 2008
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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A personal nadir for me this disc,copycat crue/poison/jovi dross,apart from Stanley's 'Who Wants To Be Lonely' and 'Tears Are Falling' this is instantly forgetable,Carr now being criminally underused on each album and Bruce 'souless' Kulick,how much were we expected to take and the make up and outfits they were wearing ffs this was now beyond a joke,why Stanley didnt jump ship and go solo i'll never know,Simmons clearly didnt give a s--t and it showed,it was no wonder that compilations and vhs videos were about to start appearing on a regular basis this band was on its last legs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars KISS go Mental, and Not in a Good Way, 29 Jun 2006
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Mr. A. E. Hall "brother_of_sadako" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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Asylum, and its predecessor Animalize are surely KISS' worst studio offerings. Although Asylum is slightly stronger it is a million miles from the band's glory years.

To start with the bad (and hence end with the good), many of the songs are just so poor. Radar for Love, I'm Alive and the trite Trial by Fire stink out the room whenever played. The choruses of each of them are unmemorable and none of them have that attitude or edge. Also there are no absolute classic tracks. Despite a good lead off single, not one song is truly fantastic. On the plus side though, there are some decent songs herein; King of the Mountain is fairly good, Any Way You Slice It makes up for it's lack of sophistication with energy. The three lead off singles are also very good, Who Wants to be Lonely in particular. Uh! All Night is also very anthemic and despite some Spinal Tapesque lyrics it chugs on nicely and the slightly overrated Tears are Falling is a fairly memorable power ballad.

All in all, half the album is good, and the other half is not. But the half that was good was nothing incredible, some of the songs seem like filler compared to the band's best material, and the half that is not good is really terrible. The band was clearly in a rut with no producer to guide their talents and Gene Simmons again paying little attention to the record and it shows. It's not awful, but let's just say it was the second to last KISS album I bought (the very last was Animalize) and there's a good reason for that.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A HUGE backward step, 18 Oct 2013
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Alan Frehley - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Asylum (Audio CD)
Oh dear, what did KISS do wrong after the excellent Animalize? Poor production and Eric Carrs' drums toned down, this was a return to pop songs with MTV calling the shots.
A few stand-out tracks, especially co-written by Jean Beauvoir of The Plasmatics. I like 'Im Alive', 'Uh! All Night' and 'Who Wants To Be Lonely'. Simmons contributions are dire, even by his standards, but as he had ambitions to make films, his head was turned.
Album cover was terrible.......bet Kulick and Carr resented being coloured with Frehley and Criss's solo album covers of blue and green.
Overall, a disaster of an album.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Under-produced and under-written, 3 July 2011
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B. S. Marlay (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Asylum (Audio CD)
After the power-punch return to melodic metal rock with 1984's `Animalize', and the recruitment of yet another lead guitarist in Bruce Kulick (who would stay til they once more donned their make-up 12 years later), Kiss's 1985 album, `Asylum', proved a pretty lackluster offering.

Paul Stanley produced the album. But without the powerful drum sounds captured by producer Michael James Jackson on `Animalize' and `Creatures Of The Night', the original mix sounds very thin (though, the 1998 remaster gives it some much needed oomph). The band returned to co-writing with one another on much of it, but the results are generally weak and on the pop rock side of things. Even input on six out of the ten tracks from staple 80s and 90s hitmaker, Desmond Child, fails to produce results. Paul Stanley's `Tears Are Falling' is the only standout. The opening `King of the Mountain' is reasonable, but would have sounded far better with heavier production. The rest are on the puerile side (`Uh! All Night' etc), sounding very much in the vein of the crop of weak-kneed 80s US pop metal hair bands at the time.

The over-riding sense you get from `Asylum' is that the contract required it and the band wasn't really committed.
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