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'Right Between the Eyes!',
This review is from: Creatures Of The Night (Audio CD)
KISS in 1982 were seemingly in decline. Their last three studio albums had steadily declining sales, and they seemed to have lost all direction. To come back with an album like this is a testament to the shrewd nous of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and their brillaince at producing great rock music.
The album starts as it means to continue with thundering drums leading into the title track. New drummer Eric Carr finally gets to show off his skills and was never better. Gene also excels throughout the album, on I Love it Loud and the menacing War Machine in particular. Paul contributes I Still Love You and the frentic Danger as well as the awesome title track. There are no weak songs on the album, only fantastic songs and good songs. Here is KISS as they were meant to sound, heavy and seriously hard rockers.
There are two reasons for the sudden return to sanity (aside from Gene and Paul waking up at long last); the first is producer Michael James Jackson, who unlike Vini Poncia and Bob Ezrin harnessed everything good about KISS to produce the heavy metal masterpiece. The other is Vinnie Cusano, a session musician who co-writes three of the songs herein and plays on some of them in guitarist Ace Frehley's abcense. Both help KISS pick themselves out of the rut they were in to produce certainly one of their best records and a genuine rock classic. A worthy addition to anyone's record collection.