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Unmasked [CASSETTE] Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio Cassette (7 Oct. 1997)
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Uni/Mercury/Polygram
  • ASIN: B000001ELO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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This is my favourite Kiss album. There we go, I said it. It sounds like a guilty secret because it is not well respected by most Kiss fans but in my opinion it has a great variety of sounds with Paul, Gene and Ace all producing quality songs in their own style and complimenting each other perfectly. Despite the title, the band still wore full face paint and the disco sound from Dynasty is still present but the album has quite an 80's sound considering how early it was released. Gene hits a lot of high notes on this album and that's not the only surprise, She's So European is amazingly camp for a song by The Demon himself! As always Paul impresses with all his songs from the catchy Tomorrow to Shandi, which shows his sensitive side. Ace's songs here are amongst his best, with the infectious Talk To Me quickly getting stuck in your head and the innuendo filled Torpedo Girl causing sniggering aplenty! This album shows how versatile Kiss are and how effortlessly they adapted their own style from 70's to 80's while still being true to themselves, making them the greatest rock band of all time.
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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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Much derided by rock fans, this album, along with its predecessor (Dynasty) stand up well today as examples of great pop rock from the late 70's. Gene Simmons was still capable of producing good songs prior to some of the dross written during his eighties film star period. The Paul Stanley songs are up to the usual high standard, with "Tomorrow" and "What Makes The World Go 'Round" and even Ace Frehley contributes with some of his best songs in "Two Sides of the Coin" and "Torpedo Girl", the latter peaking with a camp invitation from the band to "..come on get your feet wet". A different type of album from their hey-day classics, but one which should have set them up for the new decade ahead.........however next came "The Elder" and it was downhill from there. Buy along with Dynasty and enjoy Kiss at their most commercial and consistant.
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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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