Of all of the KISS solo albums released in September of 1978, none of them has divided KISS fans as much as Peter Criss' album. Peter Criss gives KISS fans a look into the sounds that inspired Criss and shows just how much of an artist he really is.
If you expect to hear typical KISS fare such as Black Diamond or Strutter, you're in for a surprise. In fact, this album would probably be a lot more comfortable placed on the music rack next to albums by artists as varied as Eddie Rabbitt and The Platters.
The first two songs, I'm Gonna Love You and You Matter To Me, show Criss at his blue-eyed soul best. Next is a straight cover of Tossin' And Turnin' which has a great boogie-woogie sound to it. Don't You Let Me Down slow things down a bit with it's jazz and blue-eyed soul influence. That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes picks the pace back up and lyrically is the closest thing to a dirty KISS song (but this claim is a real stretch).
The rest of the album alternates between slow tracks like Easy Thing, KISS The Girl Goodbye, and I Can't Stop The Rain and faster, R&B-tinged rockers like Rock Me, Baby and Hooked On Rock N' Roll.
HookedOn Rock N' Roll is my favorite track on the album, followed closely by That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes and I Can't Stop The Rain.
While this project was one of the poorest received albums by the KISS Army, it has found some footing within KISS' fan base among Criss' loyal fans. Time has seemed to soften the strangeness of this album when compared to the rest of the group's solo projects. Many KISS fans who used to hate this album have grown to love it for the fact that it isn't a standard KISS album. Personally, I enjoy it for what it is: a solid R&B, jazz, and blue-eyed soul album.
I recommend this album to KISS completionists and anyone who enjoys a good bluesy tune once in awhile.
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