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Cheap Sounding, but strong songs
on 3 November 2015
There's a lot wrong with the 2nd album from Kiss. The front cover is shocking. A shoddy black and white photo which looks superimposed onto a Japanese theme.The production is the worst of their career. Tinny, hollow with vocals pushed far too forward in the mix. All that being said though the songs are strong. Not quite as memorable as on their début album, but a fair scooping of classics. Got To Choose, Goin Blind, Parasite, Let Me Go Rock n Roll are all great, and were live staples through the 70's. There's some dark stuff on here too Simmon's Watchin You is an ode to stalking. Closer Strange Ways is often heralded by Kiss fans as a lost classic, probably because it was written by Frehley and sung by Criss. In truth it has a great verse, and brilliant solo but the chorus is pretty lame. A better production and this would be 4-5 stars.