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Monster

October 19, 2012

"Out in the streets/Takin' all the heat/Dancin' in the sheets," Kiss sing, describing either public sex or a funky Klan rally. They didn't spend much time thinking about it, and neither should you. Kiss' 20th LP draws from their bottomlessly shallow cesspool...

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Sonic Boom

October 26, 2009

The new Kiss record is a chamber-pop concept album about the plight ofmigrant workers. Just kidding. On their 19th studio effort, the glam-rockwar horses smear on the greasepaint and blast out odes to rocking all nightand partying all day. Kiss are a...

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Psycho Circus

November 12, 1998

You loved 'em in the seventies, abhorred their naked faces in the Eighties and bought tickets to their Nineties reunion. As both rock gods and objects of ridicule, Kiss — the classic lineup of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss...

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Music From "The Elder"

February 18, 1982

What could be less promising at this stage of the game than a concept album by Kiss? After having written off Kiss as pure pap for eight-year-olds, who even wants to think about taking them seriously? Yet their new songs are catchy, the performances respectable,...

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Dynasty

August 23, 1979
Not Rated

The Kiss army is going to mutiny when they hear "I Was Made for Lovin' You," the disco-inflected leadoff track on the Masked Marvels' latest album. They'll demand to know why their heroes, after years of rallying the troops into battle against disco and...

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Alive II

January 12, 1978
Not Rated

One of the perennial saving graces of rock & roll is its accessibility to the true believer. In a sort of Horatio Alger formula, if you need it badly enough and have the right attitude, eventually you'll become an adequate rocker. Kiss, a band built...

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Destroyer

June 3, 1976
Not Rated

There's no doubt that Destroyer is Kiss's best album yet or that Bob Ezrin, Alice Cooper's heavyhanded wizard of heavy-metal production who helped write seven of the nine tunes here, has made the difference. But despite Ezrin's superb production, Kiss...

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Dressed To Kill

July 17, 1975
Not Rated

Kiss does not play music — it makes very high-volume noise. If rock & roll intrigues you, though, you'd best be advised that for all the simplicity, overstatement and repetition within its records, Kiss does make fantastically successful rock....

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Elton John

November 12, 1970
Not Rated

Given that his voice combines the nasal sonority of James Taylor with the rasp of Van Morrison with the slurry intonation of M. Jagger with the exaggerated twang of Leon Russell; that, in this age during which most everyone seems content to sing unison...

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The Very Best Of Kiss

September 4, 2002

Very Best of is a career-spanning single-disc greatest-hits package that covers everything from "Beth" to "Lick It Up." But was it really necessary to delve into Ace Frehley's solo work and those Nineties songs?

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You Wanted The Best, You Got The Best!

December 18, 1996
Not Rated

You want the best? When it comes to Kiss on record, you've probably got it already: "Alive," "Alive II," "Destroyer," "Love Gun." This shameless reunion-promotion biscuit is just a culling from those first two live albums (which are basically the group's...

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Unmasked

October 2, 1980
Not Rated

Heavy-metal monsters rarely die but eventually collapse under the accumulated weight of their own leaden riffing, Tarzan-like singing and boorish macho arrogance. Three new albums by Kiss, Humble Pie and Judas Priest merely represent different ways of...

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KISS

December 28, 1978
Not Rated

Kiss is an exciting Brooklynbased band with an imaginative stage presentation and a tight new album. The music is all hard-edged — they call it "thunderock" — and throughout their electrical storm solid craftsmanship prevails. Paul Stanley's...

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Love Gun

August 25, 1977
Not Rated

After seeing Kiss backstage without their makeup, I have lost all ambition to do anything with my life except see them naked. Gene Simmons knows this and has written a song about the Plaster Casters — a couple of groupies who made molds of rock...

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Alive!

January 1, 1976
Not Rated

Kiss onstage could possibly be mildly entertaining for about ten minutes, but on record, minus the impact of gaudy painted faces and stage theatrics, the band must be judged solely for its music. It's awful. Criminally repetitive, thuddingly monotonous....

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Hotter Than Hell

January 30, 1975
Not Rated

Looking like a bunch of Walt Disney rejects, Kiss is the kind of band you love to hate. Drenched in garish makeup, clothed in outfits Alice Cooper wouldn't touch and generally exuding obnoxiousness, this brash young New Yawk foursome seems determined...

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