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 always one step away from losing control. That's what real rock is all about. You can tell in the way that the songs are performed that this band was having nothing but fun when they recorded this album.
I highly recommend this album to anyone who's not very familiar with KISS. It set the foundation for all that was to come, from member changes, to the "unmasking" and all the way to the reunion and farewell tours. If you're a true fan of rock music, you need to own this disc.
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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