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Kiss's self-titled debut manages to simultaneously represent what rock & roll in the 1970s was all about, and stand up as a classic recording without sounding dated. That's a rare trick, even for Kiss (whose efforts after, oh, 1977 didn't do much more than tread water), and one that should be appreciated even as listening to the album brings back misty-eyed visions of high school. (It doesn't matter if you were in high school in the '70s, something about this album just screams late adolescence.)Kissis, of course, crammed full of songs that would become concert favorites (most of this album appears onAlive!) and classics--who hasn't heard "Strutter" or "Deuce"? It's a slab of pure, unadulterated rock & roll. While this isn't especially thought-provoking stuff, it's arguable that rock ever should be. --Genevieve Williams
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Label:  Casablanca
Release Date:  July 15, 1997
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review by . August 21, 2008
Pros: Black Diamond, Strutter, Deuce     Cons: Love Theme From Kiss     The Bottom Line: Good rock and roll in this mixed bag. Some stuff should have never seen the light of day.     There was this 14 year old kid who lived in the metropolis of Weidman Michigan. Population about 150. Luckily for him they had this invention called radio. At the time the hot station was out of Saginaw MI and it had the nifty name of 96 Superwind. This station …
review by . July 05, 2007
The self-titled debut of KISS is definitely one of the best debuts to hit the racks for any band in any genre. Opening with "Strutter," flying through to "Cold Gin" and finishing the listener off with my personal favorite, "Black Diamond," this album is a wonderful way to introduce new ears to the KISS phenomenon since almost every song on this disc is a live KISS staple. This is hard rock n' roll at its best. It's not too deep, not too intelligent, and never too quiet. It's loud, fast-paced and …
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