PSYCHO CIRCUS is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files. Kiss: Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley (vocals, guitar); Gene Simmons (vocals, bass); Peter Criss (vocals, drums). Recorded at A&M Studios & One … see full wiki
As a guy who grew up with this band, I was very excited to hear that there was going to be a new studio project by the original members. Could the KISS from my teenage years reappear and help me now mid life crisis?
I am on the back of the KISS Alive album. I am the dot in the second balcony near the left side of the pic about halfway up. I also was present in Cadillac Michigan when it was pronounced KISS day and the band flew in and basically tore up the town all day.
With that basic history...We now move on to the newest version of KISS. The album Psycho Circus. Can they bring it all together as they did for one night on MTV? Or was this going to be a cheap imitation of it's old self.
Well......THEY ARE BACK!
For the most part. This album has the fire of the old band with a new twist..maturity. Don't get me wrong, there is still the old rock anthems like "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll" but, the songs here reflect on a career of over 25 years.
There is still the songs with the catchy hooks and loud chorus that will be sung by tens of thousands at each concert, like "Into The Void" and the powerful "Raise Your Glasses".
Then there is the straight on rock songs like the title track "Psycho Circus". I think the boys sat down and said we need to write a song that is perfect to open our shows with. Here it IS!! An all out ear splitting tune that will ultimately rank with the likes of "Black Diamond" and "Detroit Rock City"
The thing I hear when I listen to this album is the band reflecting back on themselves. Hearing that they plan on quitting the live shows after this tour, I have to say that this album seems to be KISS telling there fans this is what we were and what we are. All you have to do is look at the song "You Wanted The Best". Every KISS fan knows what those words mean. Then look at the lyrics:
"Lets make up or break up Cause we've seen better days" "Yeah, they'll have to drag you kicking and screaming off the stage" "Don't do me favors don't show your face" "Don't tell me what to play it's not your place" "The fans wanted us to play We hear and we obey"
Each line sung by a different member of the band. You think maybe they are saying good-by?
There is even an attempt to do Beth II. "I Finally Found My Way" is suppose to be the follow up to Beth. Peter Criss does try to pull it off but I see no resemblance. Though an acceptable ballad, by far not the best that this album has to offer. But again it seems as if he is telling his wife, honey it's over, I'm coming home!
Two songs off this album remind me a lot of the Revenge album. "Within", sung by Gene must of been written during those sessions. Very similar to "Domino" off that album. Still I really like the work done here. A very dark version of the band. The second song "Dreamin" is a regular hard rocking KISS staple song. Ace has a field day with this one!
The last song on the album is called "Journey of 1,000 Years". This song, sung by Gene is the bands final good-by with piano and strings to fill it out! "Did you feel it coming, can you hear it, or is it just the roar of the crowd"? So long all. Have a good life...Hope you remember us.
There is one song that I intentionally failed to mention till now. "We Are One". A power balled that might be the ultimate KISS song. I know a lot of people will have a problem with that but Oh Well!! This song shows all the maturity of a group of guys that have been through hell together and here they are still there, still on top. WE ARE ONE....The band, the original band, as it should have been all along. This is one song that I catch myself humming at least once a day. IT IS THAT GOOD!!!
NO, I can't say this is their best album. But for studio work, it does rank up there. There are some weak spots but point out a KISS album that doesn't have any. (Studio album that is.) Is this the final word from them? I don't know. If it is I say "Thank you Gene, Paul, Peter and Ace". If it isn't, then I am going to look forward to the next one even more!!!
Almost forgot to mention...Great package includes a cool screen saver also!