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KISS / PSYCHO CIRCUS
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OVERALL: 80%
  1. Psycho Circus
  2. Within
  3. I Pledge Allegiance
  4. Into The Void
  5. We Are One
  6. You Wanted The Best
  7. Raise Your Glasses
  8. I Finally Found My Way
  9. Dreaming
  10. Journey Of 1000 Years
Out of all the review I have ever written, this would have to be one of the more pointless!
Why? because every Kiss fan already will have this record by now and either loves it or hates it. But here's my take on it anyway...
This is one band I can't help being skeptical about. It would seem that they are only in it for the money and Gene Simmons reputation for this is well known.
In the past few years the band have re-mastered and re-released their entire catalogue in several different countries in different ways, culminating in the US re-mastering and re-issuing this year.
On top of that you have the endless compilations, the box sets, the Japanese exclusives, the book, the merchandise and most recently, the quite good but poorly respected (by Gene and Paul) and poorly packaged 'Carnival Of Souls' release.
And then there was the inevitable unplugged release, tour, promotion and official re-uniting of the original band for a new studio album.
But that's where the complaining must stop, because this is a really good strong rock album, full of all the pomp and glorious ceremony that makes a Kiss record.
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn, this first album of the original line up since the early 80's. The best thing about the album is the fact that Kiss are back into anthems and run through 10 of the best that I have heard from them.
The album itself is quite varied, with a strong emphasis on the 80's style hard rock Kiss, which just happens to be my favorite period of the band.
There is a slight hint of the 90's sound that was featured on Carnival Of Souls and there is also some 70's vibes and influences from the bands' original sound.
But oddly enough there isn't as much of a 70's feel as I expected. Good!
This is as close to classic stadium rock Kiss as you will ever get and proves that Kiss are still capable of making memorable music.
The ten tracks (11 for Japan) run through a few different styles.
Psycho Circus is typically late 70's, Dreamin' is more a very heavy 90's ballad, Journey of 1000 Years is psychedelic, We Are One is a anthemic mid paced rocker, Into The Void straight ahead Kiss and Within touches on the Carnival Of Souls vibe.
Overall it is great to see and hear Kiss and some big crunching guitars and big stadium rock choruses.
And no matter what you may think of the record in the end - it is great to hear one of those big dollar, monster production efforts.
PRODUCTION: 88%SONGS: 80%VIBE: 82%ATTITUDE: 75%



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