The Very Best Of Kiss Review

artist: KISS date: 01/17/2014 category: compact discs
KISS: The Very Best Of Kiss
Released: Aug 27, 2002
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Mercury
Number Of Tracks: 21
This is a really good attempt at a definitive best of CD, but like with a lot of hits CDs, there are some flaws.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
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The Very Best Of Kiss Reviewed by: N3WW4V3N1NJ4, on january 17, 2014
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Sound: KISS are one of the most iconic hard rock bands of all time, if for no other reason than the fact that they, like a few other bands I can think of, are really good at just creating simple, meat and potatoes, no frills, rock and roll. Another reason might be that the band members were the very first true costumed rockers and based on image alone, KISS may well be the most easily recognizable rock band ever. The signature KISS lineup, as in the one that the majority of people think of when they hear the band name, is the classic lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, so it's only fitting that this compilation "The Very Best of KISS," focuses mainly on the music of that period, with 17 out of 21 tracks being from the 1970s. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics do not contain anything that will increase your intellect, or make you see the state of the world in a different light. Fans can tell you that the band is just straight-up rock and well, what they mean is this: KISS exists as a simple and fun example of how to be awesome in the musical world. The music, as well as the lyrics are just fun, for the sake of having fun and isn't that what the true spirit of rock and roll used to mean, before Nickelback? The only real problem I have with the music is that on "Detroit Rock City" the vocals seem a bit fuzzy, but I'm fairly sure that's because it's the remix from the earlier KISS compilation, "Double Platinum." // 8

Overall Impression: Well, this is a really good attempt at a definitive best of CD, but like with a lot of hits CDs, there are some flaws. The first noticeable problem is the fact that the album features only one live recording: "Rock and Roll All Nite" from the band's breakthrough record, 1976's "Alive." The second is that "Detroit Rock City" is the remix from "Double Platinum", as opposed to the original version. The third and final problem is that there are just four post-"Dynasty" songs on here and I'm quite sure the people who were put in charge of the track listing could have made "The Very Best of Kiss" a purely 1970s era disc and it would have been better. I am dissatisfied with the lack of "God of Thunder," "Firehouse," "Shock Me," "Parasite" and "Cold Gin" at the very least. This album is decent, but if really you enjoy the music of KISS enough to purchase a 21-song compilation CD, you'd be better off getting their self-titled debut album, as well as "Destroyer," "Dressed to Kill," "Sonic Boom" and "Alive." // 8

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