KISS
KISS


5.0
classic

Review

by Ctippell USER (15 Reviews)
July 8th, 2011 | 74 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: KISS make a slow commercial start with a collection of true anthems.

I would like to start this review with a sort of a side note. My last review I wrote on here was for KISS' Music from "The Elder, which I reviewed as a terrible album and best avoided at all costs. That was not just from a music fan, but a KISS fan. Therefore I felt it would be worthwhile to go through all their back catalogue and write up reviews of, for me, one of the greatest and legendary bands in rock 'n' roll history.

It's hard to think, especially as a 21 year old who up until a few years ago knew very little of rock and metal music, that KISS; a band of which you see the logo almost everywhere in merchandise and of whom's commercial might is impressive, did not start off with the most meteoric of commercial starts. It would take a live effort (the almost mythical Alive) for KISS to become the huge arena dwelling band we now know them as, with 3 albums before said live effort not setting the charts a light. What is undeniable however is that KISS started off with some absolute crackers even before their gargantuan success, and their self title début is most certainly a highlight.

With later albums in the late 70's, 80's and beyond having massive productions of which we are used to from arena acts such as KISS, to hear KISS with a considerably rawer production seems strange, but all bands have to start somewhere, even KISS. It's by no means a bad production however, and raw certainly does not describe it. This isn't quite a newly formed black metal band producing an album in a shed style production, it is still all very clear throughout, and instantly memorable.

What is also incredible is how many genuine hard rock anthems are featured on the album. A lot of the songs on display here staples in the KISS set list even to this day, and bearing in mind this is just the début allbum! KISS were making gems right from the very start.

Opening with the classic 'Strutter', KISS hit the ground running with pure swagger and class with one of the best songs in their arsenal, Paul Stanley on fine vocal form right from the off. 'Firehouse' is equally as mighty, and is famous in the set list for being one of the moments for Gene's fire breathing antics. Gene Simmons is also on fine vocal form here, such as on the brilliant 'Deuce', and even Peter Criss sounds pretty decent behind the microphone on 'Nothin' to Lose'. There isn't even a hit or miss ballad on show here, and as we know KISS can make great as well as awful ballads.

What is also quite unique about this album in comparison to other KISS albums is the fact that there is no low point. Even other genuine classic KISS albums have a low point, or a song or two that make you wonder what the hell they were thinking of at the time, but not here. Songs such as 'Kissin' Time' may not hit home as quickly as say 'Firehouse' but they are certainly not dull or unworthy affairs. So perhaps not a huge commercial jump from the off, but critically almost flawless, and their are very few self titled débuts as good as this.

Recommended: Strutter, Firehouse, Black Diamond



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
July 8th 2011


71839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell yea rock on brother

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Ctippell
July 8th 2011


112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha glad you enjoyed it

BigHans
July 8th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules hard

Ire
July 8th 2011


41786 Comments


his dick is the gun

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2011


50432 Comments


Role Models dude

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KILL
July 8th 2011


71839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

strutter is their best song

DominionMM1
July 8th 2011


9987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Cold Gin' baby! Sadly, they never made a record as good as this one again.

Spec
July 8th 2011


27178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeahhh.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2011


31214 Comments


Oh man, RtR is gonna be pissed

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Ire
July 8th 2011


41786 Comments


you mean that really bad reviewer that's been here since half the userbase was in diapers?

facupm
December 27th 2012


7773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Black DIamond prob the best of this album

mark7477
December 31st 2012


393 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is definitely one of the best kiss albums when it comes down to songs such as deuce,cold gin,100,000 years and black diamond etc... all in one package maybe not the best produced.Of course there's 2 versions of this one the one w/kissin time i'll rate it 4.5 and the original w/o kissin time is a 5 across the board kissin time is OK but very far from being a classic LOL.

amemento
August 16th 2013


1425 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

'
you mean that really bad reviewer that's been here since half the userbase was in diapers?
'


yeah man that one

SitarHero
August 16th 2013


4677 Comments


You mean that comment that's two years old?

Yeah man, that one.

CameoLover
August 16th 2013


415 Comments


do u even ramy

danielcardoso
August 16th 2013


2251 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best KISS albums.

SitarHero
August 16th 2013


4677 Comments


LMAO! Skele with the boom-shake-shake-the-room! :D

manosg
August 16th 2013


6128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's no BVB, hehe.

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facupm
January 26th 2014


7773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This has become my fave Kiss album

DominionMM1
January 26th 2014


9987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

easily their best



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