KISS
KISS


4.5
superb

Review

by facupm USER (22 Reviews)
December 28th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kissin' Time

Kiss debut album is easily one of their best albums, if not their very best. In a more than 20-album discography, only one or two of their studio albums were able to match this one. Why? Because this album is nothing short of a Hard Rock classic.

Once upon a time, Kiss was an unknown band, but Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were very ambitious, and they had developed a very focused concept, which they worked on and followed until the very end (which hasn't arrived yet). So they raised from New York to become one of the most famous bands of the world, and earned a pretty big fan base all over the world, especially after releasing Alive!.

Their debut album is the perfect definition of Hard Rock. Catchy guitar riffs, nice melodies, good hooks, sticky and happy choruses, good and varied vocals. Main songwriters Paul and Gene were very creative when they had to come up with melodies and solos to draw people attention. Moreover, they are two excellent vocalists, especially Paul, which adds more variation to the album. Riffs and solos always feel fresh, and guitar arrangements are very good. Plus, another aspect which contributes to the freshness is that there is an incredible ability to pull slower stuff as well as becoming faster.

Ace Frehley has an outstanding performance on the guitars, as I mentioned, mainly because the solos he plays are always interesting, as well as the riffs, not for their speed or extreme technicality, but for their melodic and catchy nature. And he dared to compose a song, Cold Gin, which happens to be awesome, especially on the instrumental aspect, setting the beginning of Ace's progression as a songwriter. Peter Criss drums are solid too, and do well their stack providing the backbone for the songs, and also having the time to shine here and there. He is also a pretty decent singer, and takes over the vocals on some songs. Rhythm guitar by Paul Stanley and bass guitar by Gene Simmons are also good, and contribute to create the instrumental solidity.

The songs themselves are all excellent and enjoyable from start to finish, and many of them are true anthems, always present on the set lists, and each one sounds so different from the rest. Most of them were composed by Paul and/or Gene, except for Cold Gin (Ace) and Kissin' Time, which is a Bobby Rydell cover. Strutter is one of their best known songs, and its drum intro sets the mood for the whole album. Firehouse is another classic, and it's always a hit when played live, and Let Me Know is a plainly awesome American rock song. Deuce is another classic, usually opener of the concerts, 100,000 Years is the song where every instrument has its time to shine, and Black Diamond is probably the best song off the record, which proves that Kiss could also pull nice songwriting and not only catchiness. Every song is worth a listen, even the instrumental Love Theme From Kiss, which is easily the low point of the album, whilst not bad.

You can't go wrong with Kiss self-titled debut album. It's an incredible record which offers all that makes Hard Rock such an enjoyable genre, and proves why Kiss became such an important band in the music scene of the 70's. Catchy riffs and infectious melodies, combined with interesting songwriting and downright enjoyable choruses make for one of the best debut albums out there. Only two Kiss albums after this one are able to match it, which are Destroyer and Rock and Roll Over. If I had to pick my favorite 5 Hard Rock albums ever, this would probably appear on that list.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ChopSuey
December 28th 2012


2392 Comments


good review, but I don't like this band

MiniatureHorse
December 28th 2012


908 Comments


Kiss my metal ass.

manosg
December 29th 2012


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid review dude, I agree with almost everything. This my favorite album from KISS.

Digging: Whitesnake - Slide It In

facupm
December 29th 2012


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

glad you liked it, I was looking forward to reviewing this album for a long time

LocustGrove
December 29th 2012


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is one of the most overrated bands

facupm
December 29th 2012


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well many people think that, and they were pretty mediocre when they wanted to, but they also had their shining moments, and this album is one of them

LocustGrove
December 29th 2012


540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Take away all of their gimmicks (make up and costumes) and I bet they never would have made it that big.

facupm
December 29th 2012


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well probably not, but it's part of it, and certainly, when you listen to this album at home you arent
looking at the make-up and everything... that sort of things helped them for their live albums and
shows

manosg
December 29th 2012


6732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The same can be said for Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Dr. John, Genesis, all black metal bands and a
series of artists. The make up and costumes are part of the package.

Apart from that, musically they had a lot of good moments. Their first 6 albums are all good and they
influenced a lot of artists after them.

So, maybe they're not as great as some of their contemporaries but they're still a legit band.

SCREAMorphine
December 29th 2012


1763 Comments


Good review man, pos.



KILL
December 29th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rockin

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

facupm
December 29th 2012


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hard

Ire
December 30th 2012


41828 Comments


neck

facupm
June 18th 2013


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules way too hard

Titan
June 18th 2013


5889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black Diamond is incredible

DominionMM1
June 18th 2013


10322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the only really good record kiss ever made.

Digging: Dr. John - Gris-Gris

facupm
June 18th 2013


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Black Diamond is incredible [2]

@Dominion it's up there for sure but they've done some other solid albums too

Titan
June 18th 2013


5889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome live.....you get your moneys worth and will be entertained even if you dont care for their music

facupm
June 18th 2013


8616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes that's the deal with the band, watched them last year, and the dudes were awesome, and they're 60. Only Simmons seemed kinda tired but was ok nevertheless

this album is a gem

SitarHero
June 18th 2013


4746 Comments


Not a good review. You've spent six paragraphs basically saying over and over again how good the album/songs/music is with zero critical analysis of the music.

Also, lines like the following bother me

"And he dared to compose a song, Cold Gin, which happens to be awesome"

Im not negging it cos it's not badly written per se. I just doesn't justify its existence as a review.



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