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Midnite Dynamite

Kix

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Album Review

By 1985, pop-metal had become one of the dominate genres in pop music thanks to the success of groups like Quiet Riot and Ratt. Although Kix's material remained more ambitious than the pop-metal groups they were lumped in with, the group went for a more pop-metal sound on Midnight Dynamite by using Beau Hill (best known for his work with Ratt and Warrant) as their producer. As a result, songs like the title track and "Layin' Rubber" have the slick, conventional sound expected of pop-metal recordings but manage to rise above the genre's trend with surprising hooks like the unexpectedly lovely harmonies that build up to the chorus in "Midnight Dynamite" and the bubblegum chants that are woven in "Layin' Rubber." The hooks in the songs don't leap out of the speakers this time out the way they did on Kix or Cool Kids, but the group makes up for this by testing out all sorts of new sounds and genres: "Walkin' Away" is a plaintive ballad that is built on synthesizers instead of guitars, and the surprisingly funky "Cold Shower" flirts with rap in its vocal melody. Meanwhile, songs like "Red Hot (Black and Blue)" and "Lie Like a Rug" keep up the album's hard rock quotient and balance their solid guitar riffs with enough pop harmonies and hooks to keep things interesting. Ultimately, Midnight Dynamite lacks the coherence and sonic ambition that marked their first two albums but still remains a strong, likeable collection of pop/rock tunes. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi

Customer Reviews

baltimore's best

This was the first Kix album I ever heard back in the mid 80's and saw them countless times at HammerJacks in downtown Baltimore. Live shows awesome. Albums awesome. They are a hidden nugget amongst the so called "hair bands".

One of the best 80's rock albums!!!

I think my title says it all, don't be stupid ... listen to it, buy it, love it!

Kix great rhythm rock

Kix is a great rhythm rock band. They have a simple beat and simple lyrics. The singer has a voice like a child but sounds cool. This is great rock music to dance to. This is Kix best album by far. Buy it and you will see.

Biography

Formed: 1978 in Hagerstown, MD

Genre: Rock

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

Kix have had exactly one hit — the power ballad "Don't Close Your Eyes," from their 1988 album Blow My Fuse. But to call it a power ballad is to imply that the band was no different from the rest of the hard rock/heavy metal bands debuting in the late '70s and early '80s. The truth is, they were different. Kix was different simply because they were much better — they had better hooks, they rocked harder, and they could write songs. They were also more clever than the average heavy metal...
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