Sound — 7
This is Kiss in a nutshell. All of the songs are pretty standard. Most of them just have guitars, bass, and drums. You can translate the band name to the sound: Keep It Simple Stupid. It's a straight forward rock sound, with the exception of the song "Beth". Distorted guitars, basslines just following the chords, and simple beats. It's what makes this a great band, but it can get tedious. There is a little bit of live action in there on "Rock And Roll All Nite". All of the tracks are fairly short, no longer than 4 minutes. About the song "Beth", it was written and sung by Peter Criss, and the interesting thing is no band member performed on any instrument. Criss is complimented by a piano and a string orchestra. It is a huge difference for a band that otherwise is purely hard rock.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are mostly about rock n' roll. Some are about women too. Paul Stanley kind of sounds like every other hard rock voice, but good nonetheless. Gene Simmons did a good job on "Rock and Roll All Nite." The lyrics are really good, but they could have had other themes besides rock n' roll.
Overall Impression — 7
Another 20th century masters. it's a good compilation. The best songs in my opinion are Rock And Roll All Nite (live) and Beth. I love the simplicity but I don't like how a lot of the songs sound similar. Otherwise Kiss is a great band and they have a lot of good songs. I probably wouldn't buy this again because it was on sale, unless it is on sale again.