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Kiss: Gene Simmons (Remastered)

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There is a streak of schizophrenia running through Gene Simmons’ solo album that suggests Kiss’s most recognizable member might have also been its least comfortable. At every turn the album runs in opposing directions. The lumbering metal of “Burning up With Fever” sits next to the lackadaisical soft rock of “See You Tonite.” The cocksure come-ons of “Tunnel of Love” (“You wanted my disease / You’ll have to do as I please”) lead to the anxiety of “Mr. Make Believe” and “Man of 1,000 Faces,” songs that reveal a man at odds with his own costumed celebrity. Finally, there is the orchestral performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star” that closes the album. This inexplicable inclusion can only be viewed as Simmons’ contrarian jab to an audience whose narrow expectations he resented. Between “Radioactive” and “True Confessions,” the album serves up its share of Simmons’ trademark rock ’n’ roll, but the subtext is simply too much to ignore. While his debut solo outing undoubtedly gave Simmons the opportunity to indulge his lifelong interest in Beatles-esque pop and theatrical performance styles, it’s hard not to interpret the album’s shifting themes as the reflection of a rock star’s conflicted psyche.

Customer Reviews

People are missing the point

You know, I grew up a soldier in the KISS Army, and loved blasting my parent's ear drums with their music. When the solo albums came out, like so many others, I was interested in hearing them. I wasn't disappointed with any, and to rate any over the others I think is unjust. Each member of KISS, arguably the strongest quartet in the history of music together, sought to put their own stamps on these albums. These weren't KISS projects, but solo projects by the members of KISS; big difference. You hear melodic drums in Peter Criss, you hear the bluesy smoothness of Paul's voice, you hear an almost old school funk side of Gene, and you hear strong guitar riffs from Ace. Together, they were an astonishing project, and I think that if you were looking for LOVE GUN or STRUTTER you missed the point of these albums. GREAT MUSIC from the hottest band in the world; KISS!

Not Bad, But...

This album is just alright. I think it is the third best KISS solo album there is. Be aware that you cannot tell that this sounds like Gene Simmons if you've heard his other album, A******. The voices in each album sound different. Paul's Solo album is much better than this, and Ace Frehley's is also up there. Again, I think that if you buy this album you will either LOVE it or HATE it depending on how much you love the tongue bleeding fire breathing freak!

Essential Kiss

I had all four albums.. While this one may not bring the typical KISS sound, it definitely nails Gene and his creativity. Love it. (The girl on the phone in Radioactive.. cher- just a bit of trivia)

Biography

Born: August 25, 1949 in Haifa, Israel

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Gene Simmons found fame as a blood-spurting, fire-breathing, bass-playing demon with Kiss, his early years were about as far removed as you can possibly get from the notorious heavy metal band. Born August 25, 1949, and named Chaim Witz, he and his mother left Israel by the late '50s, relocating to the United States (New York City, to be exact). Witz's name was then changed to Gene Klein, as he discovered comic books and rock & roll soon after (he was even being groomed to be a rabbi...
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