While most people justifiably point at "Alive" as the album that shot KISS to the top of the rock scene, they had three solid studio albums that set the tone before it. Their self-titled debut and "Hotter Than Hell" have gained in popularity over the years. Somehow the third album from KISS, "Dressed To Kill," doesn't seem to gain as much respect.
I personally believe that "Dressed To Kill" is quite possibly the strongest of KISS' three early albums. It is known primarily for having the first studio recorded release of "Rock And Roll All Nite," which ranks as one of, if not the, greatest rock anthem in history. However, the entire album offers up some great rock n' roll tunes.
In addition to "Rock And Roll All Nite," a few lesser known KISS classics included on this album are "Rock Bottom," "She," and "C'mon And Love Me." While all of these songs are great, I think that every other song on this album can hold its own in the KISS catalogue.
For instance, the album opener, "Room Service," is a nothing short of a fun rocker. "Ladies In Waiting" and "Two Timer" are a couple of other standout tracks. All of the songs have an unpolished, real feel to them that hints at what is to come in "Alive."
Even though "Rock And Roll All Nite" is the popular favorite on this album, I personally believe that the rolling rocker "Getaway" featuring Peter Criss on vocals is the true gem on "Dressed To Kill."
While I wouldn't go as far as to say that "Dressed To Kill" is on the same level as "Destroyer" or "Rock And Roll Over" when compared to KISS' studio albums, I will say that it is definitely in the upper echelon of KISS' work. Of the pre-"Alive" albums, it is definitely the best overall.
Recommended to KISS fans who've been around awhile and have yet to pick up "Dressed To Kill." Newer fans will most likely buy it for "Rock And Roll All Nite," but I think that they'll soon see just how great the rest of this album really is. If you enjoy fun rock and hard rock, I highly recommend KISS' "Dressed To Kill."
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After the misstep ofHotter Than Hell, Kiss recaptures the energy of their first album and go one better withDressed to Kill. Obviously the most well-known song off this album is "Rock and Roll All Nite," but there's a lot of other good material here as well, including the upbeat "Room Service," the groove-heavy "C'mon and Love Me," and the sensual "She." Though Kiss would not become superstars until their next album (that would beDestroyer),Dressed to Killshows them headed in the right direction, having hit on the elusive formula of heavy chords, strong rhythms, and a determination not to take themselves too seriously. --Genevieve Williams