So… KISS' new album Monster. It's one of the better and harder albums they've released so far. Some of the classic seventies albums is untouchable, but it beats every 80's release (except Creatures) and every 90's release (except Revenge). Strong material and continuity throughout. I'd give it the grade 4/5.
Best songs is hard to choose but if you (pun intended) Got to Choose: Freak, Take Me Down Below and All For The Love of Rock & Roll.
Be sure to check out the bonus track Right Here Right Now. It should have been the closing song of the album because it's one of the better songs!
So about the album as a whole… In this blog, I don't like the modern approach with everything digitalised and perfected down to the last detail - and when it has to be so perfect that people gets replaced by computers then something is clearly wrong.
Monster was recorded on analog tape. It was played with four basic instruments (two guitars, bass, drums) by four people. P-e-o-p-l-e! The songs were recorded in the same room at the same time by the guys in three or less takes - live! The songs were not modified or enhanced afterwards, just ordinarily produced by Paul Stanley himself. The songs were written by the guys in the band only, no outside writers. All members have writing credits on the album (even the drummer!) and (not so) new member Tommy Thayer co-wrote most of the tracks.
So in summary… Monster was made and performed live by people with real instruments. KISS didn't use computers or playback, overdubbing, synths or any of that bullshit. Just pure rock & roll with heart and soul. It's not perfect, but that's just the way I like it.
The kind of music this blog is dedicated to just feels much more alive than all the digitalised, computerised crap that is out there today…