Kiss gave rock n roll to you
Van Halen Kurtz | Twin Oaks | 11/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I joined Kiss Army at age 50.
Nowadays, Kiss "has to" be Kiss, working man's Kiss, but, often, they shook the template. This was their greatest 80's lineup (mainly talking 'bout Kulick), hot and heavy to teach the whippersnappers some manners. Some misbehavin' with a mission. If Kiss would be Van Halen, then Revenge is Unlawful Carnage. Lots of experience and professionalism behind the ampage. Minimum of kitsch, admittedly a major Kiss component, so Revenge is sorta a rip it raw idea. Unholy shows off Simmons' grungecore muse. Neato! Domino cops ZZ Top, double fun. God gave rock and roll to you is a nostalgia hit, replete with nods to the Who and Beach Boys, done with the majesty of Mott, another forgotten element of the Paul Stanley conception of righteousness. I Just Wanna is another PS powerpopper, bit of summertime blues, filtered thru Crazy Nights. New wave Kiss. Most tunes just serve up the meat. When God goes to bed he prays to Kiss. Izzit KISSMAS yet? Grunge challenged and the ol timers reacted. In Kiss' case, a warranted defensiveness got 'em up to flair. A solid endeavor, gold brick of a rock album. Kulick was just gettin' goin'! Dammit! The free market hath spoken, Kiss can't really do THIS again.
Miss ya, Memory, I love you."