10 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1977, Kiss were successful hard rockers and a major marketing force. Their extensive, circus-like stage shows, larger-than-life personae, and fun-loving, cartoon-like tunes further proved their pop instincts were dead on. Love Gun was the group’s sixth studio album; like its predecessor, 1976’s Rock n’ Roll Over, it concentrates on streamlined rock ‘n' roll songs with big riffs aimed at the largest arenas. Kiss tooled themselves for grandeur. If anything, they make it sound easy. The title track, “I Stole Your Love,” and “Tomorrow and Tonight” became immediate live favorites for their crowd-rallying choruses. But elsewhere, the band take a few unusual steps. In an effort to showcase each member, guitarist Ace Frehley delivers the in-character “Shock Me,” while Peter Criss, the group's most limited vocalist, scratches out the goofy but charming “Hooligan.“ “Christine Sixteen” is pure Gene Simmons dirty-old-man shtick, with its creepy mid-song monologue. “Plaster Caster” recounts certain groupies’ preoccupations with rock star genitalia. For a final twist, “Then She Kissed Me” ends things with an unexpected moment of retro Phil Spector–style pop.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1977, Kiss were successful hard rockers and a major marketing force. Their extensive, circus-like stage shows, larger-than-life personae, and fun-loving, cartoon-like tunes further proved their pop instincts were dead on. Love Gun was the group’s sixth studio album; like its predecessor, 1976’s Rock n’ Roll Over, it concentrates on streamlined rock ‘n' roll songs with big riffs aimed at the largest arenas. Kiss tooled themselves for grandeur. If anything, they make it sound easy. The title track, “I Stole Your Love,” and “Tomorrow and Tonight” became immediate live favorites for their crowd-rallying choruses. But elsewhere, the band take a few unusual steps. In an effort to showcase each member, guitarist Ace Frehley delivers the in-character “Shock Me,” while Peter Criss, the group's most limited vocalist, scratches out the goofy but charming “Hooligan.“ “Christine Sixteen” is pure Gene Simmons dirty-old-man shtick, with its creepy mid-song monologue. “Plaster Caster” recounts certain groupies’ preoccupations with rock star genitalia. For a final twist, “Then She Kissed Me” ends things with an unexpected moment of retro Phil Spector–style pop.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings
novemberland1 ,

KLASSIK KISS indeed...

All the tunes are solid rock thunder...Ace's first lead vocal spot on record for his super slinky "Shock Me"...love Peter's tune "Hooligan" as well (features a brilliant Ace solo)...and couple of Gene's best in "Almost Human" and "Got Love for Sale". "Tomorrow and Tonight" and "I Stole Your Love" are absolutely Klassik Paul as well. Not my favorite KISS LP, but they're very much at the top of their game here.

SmokeGrapesEveryday ,

I don’t get it

This must be rock music for people who hate rock music. I just don’t understand the love.

Bobula ,

Their Best

I know that almost all KISS fans and critics will say that Destroyer is their best. I completly disagree. Love Gun is a better...more consistent album. Destroyer has Detroit Rock City, Shout It Out Loud and Beth. Three amazing songs. Love Gun has I Stole Your Love, (the bit creepy) Christine Sixteen, (one of Kiss's very best songs) Shock Me, Love Gun and I think the very underated remake Then She Kissed Me. Love Gun captures Kiss at the peak of their power. The KISS light never shown so bright and never would again as it did in 1977. They were everywhere. I remember in 5th grade kids coloring pictures to be hung up and many of them did the KIZZ name with the Zs. They could do no wrong and Love Gun flowed out of all of that excitement and glitz and glam.

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