Sonic Boom

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Sonic Boom

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Includes 2nd CD of 15 Kiss Klassics plus a DVD Live in Buenos Aires. After a 9-year wait, Rock superstars KISS release a brand new studio in 'Sonic Boom'. Featuring 11 brand new KISS anthems, Sonic Boom is an emphatic statement from one of rock's most iconic bands. Says guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley: quot;The purpose of this album isn't to let people know that we're still around - it's to let people know we can still knock out anybody who's out there!quot;

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Sonic Boom (3 Disc Set) (2 CDs and DVD) (Walmart Exclusive)
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Give Paul Stanley the helm...

I got a sneak listen yesterday and heard the entire album for the first time. This is what happens when Paul Stanley produces a KISS album. You get great rock 'n' roll. Thayer plays great and even on a couple of tracks I almost mistake him for a certain ex-KISS lead guitarist! I've only given it one listening. So, some tunes may grow on me, but a BIG improvement on Psycho Circus, and definitely the best overall KISS album since Creatures. Below is my track by track review: 1. MODERN DAY DELILAH (B) 2. RUSSIAN ROULETTE (B+) 3. NEVER ENOUGH (B-) 4. YES I KNOW (NOBODY'S PERFECT) (A+) 5. STAND (B-) 6. HOT AND COLD (A) 7. ALL FOR THE GLORY (C+) 8. DANGER US (A-) 9. I'M AN ANIMAL (A+) 10. WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES (B) 11. SAY YEAH (B-) Overall: B+

Something is missing

I, as many other major KISS fans, was excited to hear of the new CD coming out. When I heard Delilah, I thought, "ok, it's got potential". Listening to the CD in it's entirety leaves me with mixed feelings. Truth be told, this is a different band so it has a different "feel" to it, no matter how much KISS wants it to be a new KISS album. It's different. To me, it is missing the KISS "bite". Even Gene's songs are now somewhat passive and not as aggressive as they once were. I've read people's reviews talking down Psycho Circus, but I honestly don't know where this is any better. The package for it's price is a great deal because you get the NEW music, you get RE-RECORDED KISS classics (not just a cd with leftovers, it's newly recorded classic KISS songs with all the current band members....VERY COOL). And, you get a sample DVD of a concert. So, all in all a great value. I still adhere to the fact that this NEW CD may have to grow on me a bit yet.


Just heard the whole album last night and I felt like I was 6 years old again. Every song just has that Rock and Roll Over, Love Gun vibe that has been missing for so long. The band sounds tight and unified. Every member sings lead vocals just like the old days. Stand is just one of those great songs that comes along every now and then to remind you of the power of rock and roll whoa! Gene has returned to classic 70's form, rumbling bass and lascivious lyrics in tow. Tommy sounds more like old school Ace than Ace does these days, delivering blistering solos that literally smoke. He also does a great job on vocals. Paul as always, the mastermind, the ringmaster, produced, wrote, played and sang his butt off on this one. He's definitely inspired, as you will hear when you listen to his masterpiece, "Stand." Eric lays down some old school Peter-esque drums with more technique and ability. He also does a great job on lead vocals on the track All for the Glory that would make any Catman fan proud. 11 great, old school Kiss songs, all killer, no filler. Just an all around great rock and roll album with great hooks, great playing and great singing. 5 Stars.

Just not what I was expecting.

Hey, I've been a die-hard fan all my life. Even got the tat to prove it. But I can't just toss up 5-stars up on the board just cause it has got a KISS logo on it. This album as a whole just didn't rock me as I was expecting it to. I get that KISS was probably trying to reproduce another Rock And Roll Over or Love Gun but this effort just falls from that goal by a mile. I agree - Tommy Thayer plays like a man possessed and the sound is tight. But the songs themselves just left me dissatisfied. There are the bright spots - Modern Day Delilah, Say Yeah, RUSSIAN ROULETTE, When Lightning Strikes (I guess meant to be Tommy's own Shock Me). But the cheez-wiz stuff, like "Stand" and "All For The Glory" are just awful and stupid. The verses in Never Enough sound like a poor copycat of Poison's "Nothin' But A Good Time." Plain and simple, my initial reaction to the album after I heard it for the first time was "It's alright." For me, Ace Frehley's new album outdoes this effort by a lightyear. Sorry guys.

The gods of rock n' roll have answered our prayers

Finally, an album that should have the KISS logo attached to it. This is the most amazing KISS record I have ever heard. Being a fan since 1975, this says a lot especially when I lost faith in KISS when Ace Frehley left for a secong heart breaking time. 11 great songs from start to finish. Not a bad song in the lot. Good thing Gene was smart enough to have Paul produce this record. This record could have come out in 1977/78. It is that good. I'm not a fan of Eric Singer or Tommy Thayer being in KISS but I think their youthful playing added a great deal to this album. Even the songs they sing lead on sound great. Amazing from start to finish. You saved my faith in KISS. I haven't liked a KISS record since Revenge.....until now that is.
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