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Destroyer

KISS

1976

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Destroyer

Rating

2.94

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5

It's been almost 50 years and I'm sure it still bugs the shit out of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons that their band's biggest hit was written and sung by the freaking drummer. It makes all the sense in the world since Peter Criss, with his Rod Stewart meets Joe Crocker voice, was often the band's best vocalist. Kiss was all about selling out and selling out hard, and after finally breaking through with "Alive", one of the all-time great live albums that is somehow missing from this list, they wanted a studio album that would be something resembling an artistic statement. So they brought in Producer Bob Ezrin, succumbed to his music boot camp, and let him mix in an orchestra and all sorts of sound effects. Somehow it all works. I love the theatrical vision of "Detroit Rock City" crashing right into "King Of The Night Time World". The anthems "Flaming Youth" and "Shout It Out Loud" have aged better than the overplayed "Rock & Roll All Nite". Hell, I even love the fanfare that somehow gets billed as a track of its own after "Do You Love Me", a song that benefits from Ezrin's studio trickery in a big way. My lone complaint is I wish there was a song where they turned the microphone over to Mr. Ace Frehley. But the Spaceman still wasn't comfortable enough to sing lead. It might be impossible for me to be completely objective about this album. We all bring our own baggage or backstory to some of these albums. This one was a huge part of my personal Flaming Youth. Destroyer and Alive were the first two albums I ever owned. I still have a certain attachment to both of them. On vinyl, the packaging and visuals really stood out in 1976. And I still listen to Destroyer regularly. Kiss never put a complete album together like this again for a multitude of reasons. The band may never go away (Stanley and Simmons clearly plan on finding replacements to wear their makeup so that Kiss will continue long after they're buried in their own Kiss Koffins). And Destroyer is also here to stay and set the world on fire.

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You know, this one didn't age as badly as I expected it to. That said, actively listening to a KISS record feels like an exercise in cognative dissonance. On one hand, you have a whole album of youth power anthems. But, when the album was released, Gene Simmons was 26. It feels like pandering. You're also talking about a band who was considered "so evil" at the time but, in retrospect, their songs were super plain-jane vanilla even in the context of their contemporaries. Overall, I felt like it was "meh" but not in an altogether bad way.

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KISS just sounds like an ABBA cover group that decided to become a heavy metal parody act, and does a disservice to both.

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For several of the tracks, you can listen to about one-third of the song and you've heard everything. The remaining two-thirds is just recycling. No thanks. The album feels like a characature of a Rock and Roll band, but without much Rock and Roll in the musicianship. Two out of ten tracks were on the verge of catching my attention. That is not enough to distract from the terrile lyrics of most of the songs. The lyrics emphasize a lot of what I don't like about KISS - trying say "I am SO great" soaked in sleaze. The music fits in with the charicatures they played on the stage. Did the drummer, sitting behind the drums for most/all of the show really wear platform shoes too? Congratulations KISS, you earned my first 1 star rating.

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5

The Soundtrack of my youth, this is Kiss' best album

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-1 the first minute and a half was just motorcycle sounds

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Meh... No, digo, algunas canciones son muy divertidas como Detroit Rock City con su toque rock & roll y God Thunder con su ondita más de hair metal (por ende, las canciones que más disfruté), pero, aunque en realidad tiene variedad con sus momentos baladescos, hardrockeros y hasta metaleros, no me dio la impresión de variedad (if that makes sense). Mood: metal en drag meets fursonas de pandas :v

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nope. didn't need to listen to that before I die

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Throwaway glam metal from four shit musicians, none of which could sing. KISS just might be the worst band in the world.

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Pretty generic and not really engaging, can understand the appeal and they certainly leaned into the whole notion of the band as a pure product but I'm not a fan.

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Dude, look at that cover, it's literally four trannies jumping from a pile of rubble, wtf. 100% cringe, can't take that shit serious

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Rocking good album. From Detroit Rock City through God if Thunder to Beth

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You wanted the best, you got the best...

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top ten album!

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Master do tidal maravilhosa, clássico dos clássicos

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5

Best album so far.

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5

I can feel the leather as it passes through my ear drums.

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It Is THE Kiss Sound. Nothing more to say

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KISS knew exactly where their career was and where it needed to go when they made this record. They start the album with a radio playing Rock and Roll All Nite before they rush headlong into Detroit Rock City. It’s like they said “We got you hooked with this, now here’s the REAL stuff.” And the album kicks ass. Paul Stanley is a man’s man of a singer and is just so good here. Plus you get Beth!

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5

Detroit Rock City is fantastic and the rest of the album is playing around with the edge of rock and metal. Big fan.

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5

Great run time, easy listening, several of their big hits, a good sound, and catchy melodies and lyrics, it’s just one of those great rock albums.

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This ablum holds a special place for me. By 1994, I had written Kiss off as a bit a joke band who had gone away when they lost their make up. So the week or so before I turned 21 that year I was browsing a second hand market when I ran into the boyfriend of a friend of mine. He was in a semi popular local band and I was always embarrassingly in awe of him. He said he had heard it was my birthday coming up (probably as I told everyone and anyone who would listen). When we hit a stall selling old tapes and CDs, he picked up a Tape of Destroyer and asked me what I thought. I scoffed and he corrected me by saying that it was one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and that the band where all showmanship and class. He handed over the $2 the tape was selling for and then put the tape in my hands saying, go home have listen to is with out abn preconceptions and just enjoy it. I did. And I enjoyed it. Even though I was elbow deep in listening to all things Alternative© at the time, this was revelation. Kiss rocked so well. I got paid out about my new love of Kiss but got my revenge at my 21st by putting this tape on and watched my friends who either hadn't listened to the band since they were 7 or secretly loving them and hiding it all enjoying Destroyer

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I've always been put off KISS by the way they look. But I realised that this is quite judgemental of me and these poor people must have suffered throughout their lives due to their unusual facial pigmentation, incredible hair, and malformed feet. Anyway, this album is decent; well-rounded and nicely paced with tight production. And it doesn't sound like I expected a KISS album to sound.

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Segurament el millor disc de KISS, i el que va cimentar la seva fama monstruosa als '70. En el seu génere és gairebé perfecte, de començament al final. El toc de Bob Ezrin a la producció també mereix esmenta

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Best thing that Detroit has ever made

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meh

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5

This is Kiss at or near their peak for me, I'll listen to this album anytime.

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Departing from a raw hard rock style from their previous records, "Destroyer" shows a more mature KISS flirting with heavy metal and growing to have better compositions and production. Still a lot of silly 1970s excess rock lyrics, but making it very clear that what they want is to party, never really taking themselves very serious. Paul Stanley's vocals are at its peak and Ace Frehley has some of his greatest guitar solos in here. Gene Simmons and Peter Criss also have very good contributions, wich make "Destroyer" something of a very definitive studio album for KISS - an important part of american rock music.

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Kiss is good fun, good rockin. Detroit Rock City is a classic. Wouldn't say the whole album is classic, but there are a few absolute corker songs here.

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Fantástico

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Enjoyed the album very much

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Creo que tiene toda una vibra feel-good y tipo "no importa otra cosa, siente la música". Kiss siempre se me ha hecho entretenido, de todas formas, aunque nunca había escuchado un álbum completo y lo disfruté. Sobre todo su duración. No me pareció pretencioso y está chistoso el detalle de los niños en "God of Thunder" y la canción final, con esa muchedumbre como despidiéndose. En fin, creo que no tuve skips, incluso las más relajadas como "Beth" o "Great Expectations" las escuché con gusto. "Do You Love Me" muy pejagosa y muy bien todos los cortes instrumentales. 8.5/10

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I knew many more songs than I thought, and I'd say they have aged well for me!

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Nothing special, I was deciding between 3 and 4.

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Great fun. God of Thunder and Great Expectations are just too much though and take away from the rest which stay just the right side of ridiculous.

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Great album!! 😃

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Nunca me ha gustado Kiss, pero sí disfruté el álbum.

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It's quite good, you can listen to it anytime, it's pretty balanced, it's got songs to be happy, in love, sad. I liked it

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Für mich war des a klassiker Nichts weltbewegendes aber wenn kiss dann dieses album

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First off, I love the segue between some of the songs, it just flows so smoothly. I was pleasantly surprised with how good most of the songs sounded. Highlights were King of The Night Time World, Shout It Out Loud and Beth. The only thing was I felt I was getting bored through listening to some of the songs, and there was one that I just disliked, so I rate it 3.5-4/5 stars.

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4

Absolutely great. Loved this album. They have such a powerful good time sound.

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I liked it, a bit better recording quality would not hurt

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I used to work with a couple of guys that were in a KISS tribute band (DO NOT EVER CALL THEM A COVER BAND) and they would play KISS all. the. time. This is a good album that is just fun rock-n-roll. RIP Dave my God of Thunder - I miss you brother.

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Is KISS good? Maybe not. But are they fun? Hell yes.

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4

Finding it difficult to dislike this, as stupid as it can be at times. Meets the definition of irrisistable rock n roll.

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Again this is pretty good for what it is. I haven't minded having it on while I'm working. Four stars.

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4

Awesome rock album, some parts I didn't care for but some 5 star songs

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I was impressed, album is pretty solid

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Better than I expected...

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Detroit rock city, King of the night time world, Shout it out loud, Beth, Do you love me

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Ik ken geen nummers van dit album, en vond het ook niet zo spectaculair. Blijft wel een goede groep

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Godt og kort klassisk rock. Masser af guitar, og et par enkelte kedelige numre

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Entertaining and catchy rock album that is very easy to listen to and hard to find flaws

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«Shout It Out Loud» Publicado: 1 de marzo de 1976 «Flaming Youth» Publicado: 30 de abril de 1976 «Detroit Rock City / Beth» Publicado: 28 de julio de 1976 «Beth» Publicado: agosto de 1976

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Some say they are corny, but I will always be a fan of Kiss. Fun album.

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This is the classic lineup and their best album by far.

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It's Destroyer by Kiss. Opening with one of the best number one tracks. This album just rocks plain and simple. Best they ever did!

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4

Quit listening half way through but listened to it on the way home and didn't regret it. What a fun album, and of course i enjoyed the bass work

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4

First 3 songs were great; great expectations and beth made me want to throw up; everything else was really good; barely barely a 4

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4

Gets a bit repetitive but hard to beat that opening track

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[Enter town here] ROCK CITY!

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Never really got into KISS. Maybe I should have. This album was a fun listen!

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KISS rules

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4.25

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I rarely describe anything as a guilty pleasure. If you enjoy it, you enjoy it. But given that Gene Simmons is a terrible human being, and a lot of what is on this album is so cheesy it comes in a wooden box and is actually pronounced 'destroyeur' this is truly a guilty pleasure. Detroit Rock City is just perfect, God of Thunder rocks even of it has a very poor grasp of Norse mythology, and even the slowie, Beth, is that rarest of beasts, a perfectly good Kiss ballad. It adds nothing to culture, but sometimes you just want to whip your nips out and paint your face.

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Ca commence fort avec Detroit Rock city. Un bon album de kiss, ca rock a fond et c'est tout a fait leur style. DRC et God of Thunder sont mes highligths vraiment mais j'ai toujours aimé Kiss. 4.25

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Goofy and high energy but with levels of self-awareness

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Memories of early teenage years!

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KISS can produce hits and duds all in one album, luckily this album covers 5-6 of their most iconic songs. This band is just not as good on studio albums, but their guitar riffs come shining through. This album suffers from a bad mix and weird decisions (school kid sounds in God of Thunder). Stand-Outs: Detroit Rock City, Beth, Do You Love Me

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Not the best KISS album. Decent though.

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Some cool songs but a bit boring for me. Might be better at a live concert or something. Production was nice.

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3/5

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"It's so sad, livin' at home" (KIng of the Night Time World) ¿Me pondría a escuchar discos de KISS por voluntad propia? No. ¿Pero me lo paso bien cuando cuadra y lo hago? Totalmente.

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It’s kiss. But I’m not really into kids much

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A short rock and roll album. Detroit Rock City is a great song. 2RS

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Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 10/20 Innovation: 8/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 11/20 =42 Barely even a 3! I would have expected more bangers from Kiss!

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3

Decent, nothing more.

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Some good tracks - opener is brilliant

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Great album but loses a mark for great expectations

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There wasn't any particular songs that stood out for me, and some songs are a bit cringy. But overall ok and I imagine it would be great to see live.

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Definitely one of the best KISS albums. Fun one to drive to

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KISS is a weird and polarizing band. There aren’t many bands that I have heard people talk about in such extremes. So many people love them, but a great amount hate them too. I, myself, never really listened to them much. I had heard their super popular singles like “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Night”, but that was about it. This was my first full length album of theirs and it was a weird experience to say the least. It started off strong with “Detroit Rock City” and “King of the Night Time World”. Then, it took a huge dive with God of Thunder, and despite songs like “Sweet Pain” not being horrible, it still didn’t quite recover until “Shout it Out Loud”. After that, “Beth” was fantastic, but “Do You Love Me” didn’t do it for me. I don’t even really know the point of “Rock and Roll Party”. It was weird and didn’t add anything at all except waste a minute of my time. So a couple fantastic songs, one or two okay songs, and a good chunk of material that was either bad or pointless. Like I said, weird album from a weird band. All in all, 3/5.

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Surprisingly fun for such a famous record. A lot about sex though so idk. But at least the recording quality is great and it's just -fun-

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I thought kiss did death metal when i was a kid. Banger love songs lang pala

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Being honest, this hasn't aged well... but it's still a lot of fun.

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I only know 2 songs by Kiss and never heard anything else, so I'm curious how a full album will sound. First songs are really strong, but it kind of fizzles off in the half. Definitely not my favourite when it comes to rock or metal.

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Kiss not my cup of tea. Had a banger on there though in shout.

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Solid rock and roll album.

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uhhh, good pop hard rock, some pretty rough lyrics, no small amount of male prowess and misogyny but I suppose that’s the genre? it’s KISS it’s classic rock and Beth is still a fine tune.

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MEH

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What’s not to enjoy about KISS

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Funny how at the time their whole schtick was considered so scandalous and controversial, while in hindsight it’s just kinda corny. Liked the album, it was fun, not great.

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I have never been a huge KISS fan and this doesn't exactly seem like their best. Again, I don't know because I don't listen often. But if this is their best I wonder why they have so many fans. It is a solid but forgettable 70's rock album to me.

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kiss and tell

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Solidia rokkia, mut KISS ei oo oikeen ikinä ollu mulle mikään juttu

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Kiss on kyllä yhtye jonka musiikki toimii paremmin joko livenä tai näköradiossa. Pelkällä äänellä levy on kovin keskinkertainen eikä kummemmin koveta.

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God of thundderrr

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Gene Simmons is a tool. Just listen to his interview with Terry Gross of Fresh Air. Musically, it's ok. Nothing crazy to listen to, they are a live band experience for sure.

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Ahaha, here's one that takes me back. My brother had this album when I was a kid. Look at these guys. The costumes, the imagery, the grandeur, the pure RAWK of it all. It's impossible to listen to a KISS album without considering the whole package, because you're not supposed to. The music is the image is the music and it was designed that way, years before anyone knew about MTV. The problem is, if you take away the image, there's little to recommend. And I happen to like KISS, by the way. The album is fun and a time capsule for sure, but overall middling in quality. Weak tunes are held up by the stronger ones, glued together by the KISS-ness of the whole deal. "Detroit Rock City" is the true superstar of this album and it's pulling most of the weight here, while songs like "God of Thunder" and "Flaming Youth" are just kind of tagging along for the ride. "Shout It Out Loud" and "Do You Love Me" are fun, likeable '70s rockers and "Beth" is a sweet power ballad that should have closed out the whole album. Musically, the album is good enough, with riffs galore. Paul and Gene make for an interesting pair of contrasting leads. Yet they never really pull it together and half the songs fall flat. The lyrics are as shallow as you might expect, but no one comes to KISS looking for great lyrics. In that respect, I guess Destroyer delivers. Bet it sounded rad live. Fave songs: Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud, Beth

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Okay I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about a fucking KISS album but it was only 30 minutes long so I gave it a shot. Honestly, it kind of slapped. Also, didn't realize the song Paul Rudd sings at the end of Role Models to his love interest Beth was the song "Beth" off this album, nice to connect those dots.

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3

Surprisingly not as bad as I thought it would be.

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A bit too cheesy 70s rock for me, but pretty decent (or average) rock n roll album

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Rock suave. Un poco aburrido.

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I am looking forward to this. I have NEVER listend to an entire KISS album. I have seen them in concert, and I have heard many of their songs, but an actual album will be interesting. I also want to read up on them because, like how the HELL did a band like this even come to be? Detroit Rock City - Definitely heard this one. Classic rock sound all over. Big, big, big rock song. The album is as kitchy as they band. I mean, they love themselves so much. They embody the rockstar mentality on every song. Every song is so full of ego, it's insane. Beth is a clear outlier. A piano ballad amongst just boys club debaucherously male fantasy songs. Anyway, it's a crisp, clear rock album that does NOT overstay its welcome. 10 songs, 3 minutes a piece and we're out.

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Good fun, nothing special

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Heavy metal ñoño. Para mí no llega a ser heavy metal. Se aproxima más a baladas pop.

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Just the kind of music you'd have playing in the background in a rock bar. Not bad and solidly played, fun enough for in the background when you're having drinks with friends. Not nearly interesting enough for me to listen to for its own sake. Cookie-cutter classic, I guess.

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It's Kiss. Schlock, cock rock with terrible painted faces. It's terrible but kind of great at the same time. Best Tracks: Shout It Out Loud; Beth; Do You Love Me?

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5/10 . nothing crazy

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Overall pretty good. Some snoozers though

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A strong Kias album that builds on their reputation as hard rock kings. Adds the wrinkle of a beautiful and highly successful balad in Beth. 3.5 🌟

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Detroit Rock City is a great movie, so they get an extra star

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J'aurai aimé pouvoir parler de cet album, mais je n'ai malheureusement rien écouté, et pour cause: j'étais beaucoup trop concentré sur la langue absolument immense arborée par Gene Clark sur cet album. Une bien belle évolution physique pour l'ennemi de toujours de Cat Stevens, affaire à suivre.

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L'album est sympa, ni plus ni moins. Je voulais revenir sur l'épisode que j'ai abordé dans ma dernière critique (celle de Rubber Soul des Beatles). Je vous avais informé qu'alors que je buvais du Glühwein avec une amie et que je m'apprêtais à critiquer le Générateur, une personne avait interrompu ma discussion. Ma critique se concluait par des soupçons d'espionnage, rien de plus. Cela fait maintenant plusieurs jours que je suis malade, ma gorge me fait souffrir le martyre et je suis cloué au lit. Je peux aujourd'hui vous affirmer avec certitude que j'ai été empoisonné, et je crois me souvenir du moment où j'ai baissé ma garde. Reprenons depuis l'arrivée de l'étranger. Cette personne s'est assise à ma diagonale. L'échange s'est tendu aussitôt : « Peut-on savoir de quoi vous étiez en train de parler, si ce n'est pas indiscret ? » s'exclama-t-il. Je ne répondis pas. « Excusez mon impolitesse, je ne me suis pas présenté. Mon nom complet est Norbert Episode. Vous êtes Robfrontalière, je présume ? » Aucun de ses propos ne m'inspirait confiance. Je décidai une nouvelle fois de ne pas répondre. « Hmm... je vois, dit-il. Je comprends que vous vouliez garder le secret à propos de votre identité. En ce qui me concerne, je reste très souvent évasif au sujet de ma profession. Il est vrai qu'elle n'est pas ordinaire. Je ne vais pas en dévoiler d'avantage, mais sachez qu'elle consiste en une réception d'appels et en une série d'interventions sur le terrain. » J'avais un très mauvais pressentiment. « C'est du Glühwein, que vous buvez ? » reprit-il. Je hochai la tête. « Vous savez, j'ai dans ma poche un sachet de poudre dont le goût se marie à merveille avec le Glühwein, videz-le dans votre verre. » m'ordonna-t-il. Je m'exécutai. « Bien, je dois à présent partir. » dit-il en partant. C'est seulement le surlendemain que je compris ce qui s'était passé. Ma gorge douloureuse et mon front brûlant, je retournais son identité dans tous les sens : « Norbert Episode, Norbert Episode, Norbert Episode... Eurêka ! Norbert Episode est en fait une anagramme d'"Espion de Robert"... » J'avais été manipulé.

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Beter dan den Boland!

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Silly, empty sounding but a bit fun in small doses maybe

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More of a 3.5-star album. Fun but a little flat.

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Dit is voor mij echte onvervalste hardrock. Van die muziek die je op de radio hoort als je door Amerika over de lange wegen rijdt. Niet dat ik daar ervaring in heb. Muziek is lekker melodieus, niet te complex, en niet teveel vreemde overgangen. Het schreeuwerige van de zanger past zelfs bij deze muziek omdat het net niet te overdreven is. Mijn favoriet is "Flaming Youth". ***

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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuper campy. 5/10

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5/10. KISS has some nostalgic value for me, so this was fine, but didn't really have a lot of what I'd consider their memorable songs.

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6/10 some good songs but not a fantastic album

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It doesn’t really flow with that tracklist order but it’s otherwise a pretty great rock album. Not their best though

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Singles are amazing. Everything else pretty ok. Basic Rock N Roll fun

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Levyn alkupuolella ehdin jo pelästyä, että miten voi KISS kuulostaa näin hyvältä. Neljäs biisi sitten rauhoitti tilanteen ja loppulevy oli aika yhdentekevää. Kyllä God of Thunderilla kuitenkin kolmoseen saakka päästään!

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From the singles I've heard I'd always assumed Kiss were the worst band of all time. Some decent tracks on here though

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Cool. Not really my jam but I can definitely see how this appeals to people. Favorite tracks: Beth, Do You Love Me

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Probably the best Kiss album to listen to if you are not a Kiss fan. Has most of their hits on it. Kiss is one of those bands that a song is either a good rock song or complete crap and this album has more good than crap on it.

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Interesting album with a story thread. And some talent which I had never fully appreciated before.

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Fun album (at times) but lacks substance. Too much filler too - intro to Detroit Rock City, Rock N Roll Party (what was that and why was it needed?). It's hits are great to rock along to (DRC, Shout it Out Loud) or to sing along to (Beth) but the rest is hit or miss. King of the Night Time World is further evidence these guys can write songs you want to bob your head to (even if the lyrics are pure cheese). But God of Thunder was annoying - way too much layered-in studio effects. Plus Gene Simmons isn't a great singer - so I didn't enjoy Great Expectations or Sweet Pain either (though the instrumentation on the latter was fun). Flaming Youth was okay. Like other albums on this list, a few nice hits do not make for an incredible album. Fun, but average.

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I was never into Kiss growing up. The boy went through a brief Kiss when he was younger. Most of that was watching "Kiss Meets Scooby Doo" hundreds of times. He hasn't grown out of that music, but has... moved on. So I think I'm familiar with about 1/3 of these songs. First off, the "live" version of "Detroit Rock City" is better. (I say it in quotes because the live Kiss albums had massive amounts of fixes in the studio). "Great Expectations" is a bit on the cringe-y side. The lyrics are, yikes. Originally I thought it was going to be about the book, so I'm glad they did not try to do that. "Beth" is... look, it's their highest charted single, but it is a bit on the schmaltzy side. But I am not going to take anything away from the success of the song. Ultimately, Kiss has always been a party rock band and they really do bring it home with this album. But I don't know, I always feel like their music is just so... pandering. "We know what you want, and we're going to give it to you!" But does it have any merit? The merchandise doesn't. Who wants to be buried in a Kiss coffin? It's a party album, but I don't think at a party "this place needs some Kiss music!" Not my go to band.

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A few good songs

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When you look at KISS you expect them to be really heavy but really, it's just some fun, approachable, 70s hard rock. It's nothing spectacular. If it weren't for their image, I can't imagine they would have become as big as they did. But I enjoyed listening.

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Ihan jees rokkimenoa

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Tää on mun mielestä varmaan KISSin paras albumikokonaisuus, mutta siitäkin huolimatta pätee sama mikä muiden bändin levyjen kohdalla: hitit on hittejä ja loput on floppeja. Pari tiukkaa tikkausta ja muuten löysä. Onhan KISSissä ja ABBAssa ollut vähän muutakin samaa kuin ulkonäkö, eikö? 3/5

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Way more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be and whilst I realise there’s an artifice and facade to the band it wasn’t the worst rock album I’ve heard on this project so far.

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LP

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I had their Live album that everyone went crazy over. Destroyer came out next which featured Beth. The guys had no time for that song but  the girls liked it so the boys could play the albums more. Sounds like a brilliant  strategy although the Wiki notes say Beth wasn't released as a single until the first three singles didn't get traction. Oh well, better to be lucky than smart. 

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Definitely a bit repetitive but I liked it more than I expected. It's a vibe for sure but I listened while driving a convertible so maybe that helped. Strong 3 stars.

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ok

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Cheese on toast!

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gewoon leuk, maar wel te pop rock achtig 2.5/5

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I know they're popular and it's a "good" album, but I'm good with this.

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First band on this app that I've seen live! Another perfectly fine album. I think I'm just more of a Kiss appreciator. Singles are pretty great, there rest doesn't do much for me.

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So grating, and I can't find the greatness

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meh, not really my thing

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well kiss my grits

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meh

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KISS is not for me. Trite.

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A bit tired in the beginning, and a little shaky on exit. Good party vibes though

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AC/DC played at .75x speed

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A mí el Julian Cope me enseñó a apreciar la genialidad estúpida de ciertos tracks de Kiss. Y qué bueno que lo hizo porque este disco está culerísimo. Tiene unas 4 rolas bien. El resto blah. Acá la selección que hizo Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes) en forma de playlist. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5KZzC6S3l1QJkeUsWt6MMn?si=2aea48e6145545f5

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Com certeza Kiss foi inovador e influenciou muitas bandas na epoca mas as musicas em si nao sao grande coisa.

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Sounds pretty dated and cheesy

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Kiss is less scary than I thought. Maybe the make-up that is actually not that scary, okay maybe a little.. and the fact that they also play glam rock was not something I knew before I listened to this album. I was not really paying that much attention during this listen, but now I know that the motor city of the US also produced this kind of music.

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Jenni got a wellness check/Joseph bought me ribs for dinner. Ryan and Josh had family meeting.

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Meh, sorry grunge rock!

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It was okay.

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Favourite songs- Detroit Rock City (Though it did not need two minutes to actually start), Flaming Youth, Shout it Out Loud It's a little bit overly noisy at points, a thing that's not rare with Kiss, but overall this was a pretty fun album. That's really what Kiss is about- they're not really an amazing band musically, but they just do fun, straight-ahead rock music. But still, I think there was a lot of filler, especially for an album that is quite short. I mean, apart from the three songs I listed, I could really do without the rest of the record. And, Rock N Roll party is the most pathetic thing I've ever heard in my life. Why would they put that on the record?

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Not my thing. Got that Bob Ezrin atmosphere but it just makes it sound even more ridiculous. Grateful this album is only 34 minutes long.

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Meh. Schlock rock.

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Eh. Not as much energy as I would've wanted 2.3

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did not like this haha

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Meh. Decent at its best, but painful at its worst. I would genuinely be embarrassed if caught listening to this again.

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-Easy to listen to -Cool makeup and outfits -Cool album art -Neat fade out at the end of the album -Favourite songs are God of Thunder, Beth

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Which is better: KISS, or the ninth grade garage band in your neighborhood? I'm not sure I know the right answer. Best track: Shout It Out Loud

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2.8 - Not much here to elevate Kiss as more than a novelty stadium act. Good on them for creating a brand with mass appeal but to me, it all just smacks of Spinal Tap.

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I'm not a Kiss hater. Honestly, going into this record having never sat down and listened to it, I assumed that it would probably end up in the 3.5 to 4 range for me. It's just a shame I find there to be more outright stinkers on here than actual quality tracks. Costumes aside, rabid fans aside, Kiss don't make bad music. But if this is their peak, maybe I overestimated them. Favorite tracks: "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud"

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KISS is one of those artist that almost everyone knows, not only for their iconic look, but also for their major hit singles. This is my first time ever listening to an entire album by KISS and now I understand why people call them a "singles" band. While there were a couple of decent tracks here, overall this thing is just so generic and bland. There were much more interesting things going on during the 70's that I would way rather listen to.

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Allt í lagi rokk og ról

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En ole oikein ikinä ymmärtänyt Kissin suosiota, eikä tämä levy ainakaan parantanut mielipidettä bändistä. Yhtään biisiä levyllä ei ollut ennaltaan tuttuja, enkä koe että yhtäkään näistä kappaleista olisi tarpeellista enää koskaan kuulla. Tylsää kasarirockia keskinkertaisilla sävellyksillä. Peruskakkonen.

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My great expectations were shot down in a flaming ball of dog shit. What a terrible collection of sounds. Who mixed this? Listened to the entire thing in the hope it would redeem itself at some point without result. Verging on one star which is a rarity for me but 2 stars for their assumed impact on the forthcoming glam metal scene - the makeup was pretty good. Has absolutely nothing on The Dictators debut the year before.

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Never really understood how Kiss are so massive and I still don't. Not as cheesy as I was expecting but nothing special at all.

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How can something so loud be so bland?

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The title to the track Sweet Pain should have been the name for this album. The singles were okay, but the rest was a slog to get through. And it's a short album. It'd be one thing if these songs were bad but fun, but they aren't even as fun as they're supposed to be.

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This really does nothing for me, and I like my hard-rock. It's stock-standard music with lyrical that are utter piffle and are so below par it's painful. I know KISS from their Alive Albums, and am aware they're a great live band. But musically, lyrically and production wise, this is empty for me.

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Blech

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Sweet pain - nice guitar riff Rock and roll party - nice singing melody Overall better than thought it would be, but yeah not ehat the doctor orderered

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Totally uninspiring. Just sort of there. Even their blockbuster hit "Beth" just doesn't reach out and grab you. D+

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Honestly, fuck this album. They make you wait through like 2 minutes of bullshit before you get to hear Detroit Rock City, and after that fine song is done, it's just waiting for the album to wind through its length. I hate it when KISS tries to rock, I hate it when KISS tries to be sensitive. Honestly, though, the production on this album is terrible. Everything sounds sludgy. At first I thought it might be a poor quality upload on YouTube, but no, it just sounds like that. Like mixing a KISS album was some dying child's last wish, and the band just let them do it, but then the kid got better so they couldn't go back and remaster it. I'm not sure why someone thought I should listen to this album before I die. Maybe they have a strong hatred of me and think that subjecting me to this album will hasten my death by sapping my will to live. Jokes on them, because I'm determined to outlive every member of KISS so that I can dance on each and every one of their graves. 2/5 (Detroit Rock City is pulling a lot of weight on this album, and I guess Beth is fine too)

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Style over substance, mediocre rock in elaborate costumes.

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Ihan ok, mutta olihan lattea Meat Loafin jälkeen. Eron toki saattoi aavistaa jo kansien perusteella.

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Not my cup of tea

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This is a hard score to give, but despite my general tolerance for hair-band antics, there's simply too much Springsteen in this "hard" project. There's nothing wrong with a heavy metal album of-the-road, but the higher-concept first and last minutes are not enough to wash away the taste of Kiss slowing down and trying to get sincere.

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2 great songs in Beth and Detroit Rock City but the minute intro of Gene reading the news is really not great.

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Adolescent pop music pretending to be awfully grown up rock n roll.

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Skipped most of it

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Oh dear.

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I really doubt I needed to listen to this before I died...

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Absolute garbage. Just such stupid music

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Nah!

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This album made me feel stressed out. some cool moments though. generally uninteresting musically and especially lyrically.

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“The song "Great Expectations" uses the first phrase of the main theme from the second movement of Beethoven's Sonata Pathétique.” Fancy.

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Everything about this album - the strained vocals, limp instrumentals, and blandly repetitive arrangements - sucks, but that was to be expected.

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Are you kidding me? How is this an album I "must" listen to before I die? Dreadful. I'm going to listen Yugoslavian jazz-funk instead.

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Beautiful guitars and voices. Loved it and will definitely revisit

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When this popped up, I realised that I couldn't remember having ever heard a KISS song. It felt like a bit of a gap. Now I've listened to it, well, maybe I had heard some of this before but never bothered to notice. Just boring

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This is like buying a package of promised tasty cookies but when you bite you get a taste of glum. I don't know what this record might meant at that time but his time it seems to me some dudes decided to make a band and dress like clowns so they could start making fast easy money. It was so uninterested . With poor production, full of lazy riffs and under mediocre lyrics this record i believe belongs nowhere. One star for the outfit though.

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I dont even like it a little.

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Mega weba

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This album reminds me of my former boss who is in a kiss cover band. I almost got to see them perform, and if this was what they were playing, I’m glad I missed it

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This rock IS dead

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I'm embarrassed to say that this was one of the first albums I owned and since I didn't have too many records in my collection at the time I actually liked it and played this one to death. I guess my musical taste has matured because I now find everything about this record to be cringeworthy, from the horrible cover/costumes, the cliched lyrics and hooks and just gawd-awful singing. The only song that is passable is Detroit Rock City which manages to rescue this album from a goose-egg to a 1.

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When I was fifteen I despised these guys because I wasn't a fan of party-rock and they looked ridiculous. Detroit Rock City is the high point of the album. There is an abundance of low points.

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70’er hard rock, pop-metal, lidt for karikeret, teenage-rebel-vibe

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