KISS
Love Gun


2.5
average

Review

by tom79 USER (76 Reviews)
February 28th, 2006 | 57 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


I will start off by saying that I am not a major Kiss fan/historian, but have heard most of their albums and know a bit about them. I became more interested in Kiss after seeing the movie Detroit Rock City and decided to listen a little further. After gaining success with their third album Alive!, a live album that showed that Kiss can put on one hell of a show, they were now cranking out two albums a year. While Kiss may not be the greatest rock band ever or the most talented, they know how to rock and as I already said, put on a great live show. Kiss may also be more famous for the makeup they wear and their crazy on stage antics from spitting out blood to setting off fires. But either way, on this record, Love Gun, they managed to put out a decent rock album consisting of a balance of hard rock songs to slower love songs. This album also contains some of Kiss's most famous tracks including Christine Sixteen, Love Gun, and Plaster Caster.

Love Gun was released in 1977, right at the peak of their popularity. This is Kiss's seventh studio release and their fifth release in three years. Love Gun was also the last recording with the original line up of Paul, Gene, Ace, and Peter until their reunion tours years later. Right from the opening riff of I Stole Your Love you know you're in for a hard rock record. While the title of the song may not indicate it, it is one of the more rock songs on the album and one of the best. A good way to start things off. Some other good rock songs of the record are Shock Me, from the opening drum fill to the catchy riff and chorus it's definitely one of the best on the album and one of my favorite Kiss songs. This is also Ace Frehley's first lead vocal performance and does a fine job at it.

Another standout track Plaster Caster, a song written as a tribute to groupies. Plaster Caster starts with a nice, though vey basic bassline by Gene and then the guitar comes in with a suitable riff. This song is not too hard but not too soft, as it flows well and leads into the album finale. Almost Human is a mediocre rock track, which is revived with one of the best solos on the album as provided by Frehley. The title track Love Gun is in opinion the best on the album. It is a great rock song with some stellar guitar, and probably Paul's best vocal performance on the album. And it fits nice right in the middle of the album. Another standout song is track number two, Christine Sixteen, one of the bands more famous songs, opens up with piano and bass until the familiar riff comes in. The song is clearly written about a girl, something that isn't too uncommon for Kiss. Hooligan and Love For Sale are both decent songs if not generic, with nothing really too special and nothing that stands out to the rest of the record. Tomorrow and Tonight is a fun track that is almost identical to Rock and Roll All Nite (musically and lyrically), but not quite as good as. 'Then She Kissed Me' closes Love Gun on a slower, boring note.

Overall, Love Gun is a fairly solid rock album and one of the betterreleases from the band during their 70's run, but there are far better rock albums out there. Love Gun is nothing ground breaking but fun to listen to from time to time. It is good studio release from a band that is more known for their live shows, but won't make you want to play it over again.

Standout Tracks:
Love Gun
Shock Me
I Stole Your Love



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Two-Headed Boy
February 28th 2006


4527 Comments


Nice review. Kiss just ain't my cup of tea.
Rock School was good, though.

Shock
May 20th 2006


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kiss are a pretty good band but they can be a little boring at times.This Message Edited On 05.20.06

Cantar
July 12th 2006


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hits
-I stole your love
-Christine Sixteen
-Shock Me
-Love Gun
-Plaster Caster

Misses
-Hooligan
-Love for Sale
-Then She Kissed Me

Overall- Good album. The high point before the spiral downward in Kiss's career.
This Message Edited On 07.12.06

Bladder
November 30th 2006


204 Comments


Kiss suck worse than a black hole.

mooncrazy
September 23rd 2008


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Best song: Love Gun

Worst song: Then She Kissed Me

One of their most overrated albums...

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 26th 2009


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really wouldn't call this album overrated. For the most part, there are some great rock songs on here! But yeah, "Love Gun" is my favorite track.

KJAnsia
January 20th 2010


24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Shock Me" is a great riff, and...yeah, that's about it. Huh.

mark7477
August 3rd 2010


393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very good kiss record with the exception of and then she kissed me their cover of an early 60's tune.

Semjaza
February 3rd 2013


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Standard "run of the mill" Kiss record, yet it smokes most records that came out that year. Especially Aerosmith's over-drugged and underwritten Draw The Line. Love Gun isn't flawless. There are a couple of fillers, but the high quality of Kiss' compositions is impressive when you consider a new release was out every six months through this period. That continuous output really did keep a lot of us glued to Kiss in those days...and goes a long way to explaining our loyalty throughout the years. Every band claims they "do it for the fans." Kiss backed it up with their work ethic. It may have caused the split up of the band, but it bought a lot of love from the fans. Love Gun didn't break new ground, but it kept them flying at a high altitude.

Bondwon
November 7th 2013


1 Comments


You're head is clearly up your ass if you consider this album a 2.5 out of what 4? 5?
This is not an average album,... there're some catchily well structured pop-hard-rock songs on here, such as:
I Stole Your Love
Christine Sixteen
Shock Me
Love Gun
Almost Human
Plaster Caster

And though, to mention, Judas Priest carried on much better than KISS, this album of music by KISS is much more compellingly structured than what Judas Priest put out during the 70's.

Cipieron
November 7th 2013


3508 Comments


title track fucking owns

trainofconsequence
November 7th 2013


1439 Comments


Plaster Caster and the title track are the best on here.

emprorzurg
November 7th 2013


515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Shock Me and Tomorrow and Tonight are my favourites on here

facupm
January 5th 2014


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shock me and i stole your love are the best here easily

manosg
January 24th 2014


6076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Add the t/t, Christine and Tomorrow and Tonight and that's it basically. A fun listen but nothing special.

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facupm
January 24th 2014


7648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's it yeah, inconsistent as most kiss albums but worth those tracks

shoch me rocks

manosg
January 25th 2014


6076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah. Every song on here and on any Kiss album sounds better on Alive I and II though.

InAbsentia
January 25th 2014


3542 Comments


Kiss are a bunch of fucking posers.

manosg
January 25th 2014


6076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That were very successful in making fun rock music.

DominionMM1
January 25th 2014


9932 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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