When I first heard it I thought:'Man, now they are trying to be a grunge band', and that I'll never like the album. But as with many of the best albums, you listen to it again anyway. And again and again...until it clicks and you can't imagine anymore that you didn't like it in the first place. It starts with little things. I walk alone is sung by Bruce. Very catchy, very nice. And then comes the middle part and a verse is sung by Gene and Paul together and that's when it clicks because that is what they are good at and that's what they didn't do for years. Hell, this review is getting too long...let's come to the point.
The whole album is very heavy but at the same time very relaxed. It has got quite a dark atmosphere. It's not Let's-Have-Fun-Rock and Roll. I never wanted to listen to a band that recreates what they did before. Is it not nicer to listen to a band that always tries to go a step further? If I wanted 70s Kiss I listened to 70s Kiss. I'd never needed a reunion. I was disappointed that I would never hear the next step of this great and very creative line-up. This album was the next step after REVENGE and the reunion was a step back. History shows that this is correct because the creative progress of Kiss, the Band, came to a halt with Psycho Circus. This album has got the greatest moments when you're high on weed. Put some headphones on and put it as loud as it gets. The dry sound, the passionate voice of Stanley, the driving drums of Eric and the always amazing guitar work of Bruce will blow you away. Did I leave Simmons out? Oh well, he did a great job, but not as a songwriter this time. There are some weak moments on this record. Just cut them out, there are 12 long tracks on it. :-)
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