Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Gene Simmons: ***Hole
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Over twenty years after his first solo release, the legendary songwriter from KISS returns with a brand new solo album. Gene has steered KISS to becoming the #1 Gold records champion in the United States and this release s... more »
Over twenty years after his first solo release, the legendary songwriter from KISS returns with a brand new solo album. Gene has steered KISS to becoming the #1 Gold records champion in the United States and this release shows exactly why. Behind the makeup is a songwriter whose devotion to his craft is undeniable. From the tongue-in-cheek humor of the first single, "***hole", to the dark intensity of "Weapons of Mass Destruction" or the (gasp) romantic balladry of "Somebody Beautiful", this record shows the man behind the mask is a demon of talent.
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Good introduction to dual disc
C. A. Poustie | Pakret, Nonthaburi Thailand | 03/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, you may be wondering what a dual disc is. It is a 2-sided disc, one side is CD and the other side is DVD audio. Basically this disc will play in your conventional CD player or alternatively you can play it, in Dolby Digital on your DVD player. If you have a set of 5.1 surround speakers you get to hear this album in surround sound. (Note: You do not need to have a DVD-audio player to enjoy the surround sound - this plays on DVD-video players in surround).
If you already have this on CD and do not have a surround sound speaker set up it is really not worth buying again on Dual Disc, unless that is you want to watch the promo video of Firestarter which is also included.
I already owned this on CD, and I think this is a very good album, not an all time classic, but a collection of, for the most part, enjoyable Simmons songs with a great variety of styles, from hard rock to ballads, drum'n'bass, metal, rock'n'roll - all done with a pretty modern production, albeit a weakish production on certain songs.
I bought the dual disc version so that I could listen to it in surround sound - and it does sound great coming out of my DVD 5.1 speaker setup. The Firestarter video is pretty ridiculous, Gene acting like a loony pimp surrounded by dozens of LA bimbo's in bikini's - but well shot. Shame that the title track wasn't the single from the album, because it is far more commercial than the dreadful Firestarter song.
All in all I'm glad I purchased this again on dual disc and think the format is a great idea. I get to play the disc in surround sound at home, and still get to be able to play it in the car stereo !
Highly recommended if you enjoy 5.1 dolby digital surround.
Not highly recommended if you do not. But you may find it worth while if you want to watch the Firestarter video.
Guitar Micheal | Oregon, USA | 10/12/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are entertained by music (and a KISS fan would help), this is a good listen. Nothing memerable, just a good listen. It would be a must have clearance disk but its probably not for most people. I Loved It."