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I Can't Understand the Poor Reviews
on 23 June 2006
After reading some of the reviews below it seems that this album has not been appreciated by all is perhaps it should be. It is after all one KISS' better records with a classic rock edge to it.
Coming after Destroyer, the band decied to return to their roots and ditch the epic production of the previous record. However their song writing had changed from before Destroyer. They were not quite as harsh and much more grounded in arena rock, plus their success led the songs to be far raunchier. Over all it is a strong album. The highlights include Take Me, Love 'Em & Leave 'Em, Makin' Love, Hard Luck Woman and Calling Dr Love. The rest of the songs are good to average, with tracks like Baby Driver and Ladies Room letting the side down a little. On the plus side, it is often over looked by the band. Take Me has rarely been on the set list at concerts and to my knowledge neither has Love 'em & Leave 'em. This keeps it fresh unlike Destroyer which is sometimes played too much. On the downside the production is not as good as it could have been. Hard Luck Woman sounded much better when remixed on Double Platinum, I Want You and Calling Dr. Love sounded far superior live and See you in your Dreams goes from filler to killer when Gene Simmons reworked it for his studio album.
There are a few minuses to this album but enough pluses to make it a worthwhile purchase. Not quite their best album but very strong and packed with good tunes all the way through.