THE ALBUM OF THE DAY IS… KISS, REVENGE
This 1992 album, the band’s first with new drummer Eric Singer after the untimely death of Eric Carr, marked the last time that I ever, personally at least, cared about Kiss. The band reunited with producer Bob Ezrin, who brings his usual over-the-top greatness to the proceedings, and temporarily allowing former axe slinger Vinnie Vincent back into the fold as a co-songwriter on a few tracks. The result is some truly great cock rock, most of it vocalized by Gene Simmons – “Domino,” “Unholy,” “Thou Shall Not” – but Paul Stanley gets his moment in the sun, too, thanks to “I Just Wanna” and lighter-raising power ballad, “Every Time I Look At You,” and, of course, the epic “God Gave Rock N’ Roll to You II,” which remains one of my favorite Kiss songs of all time. After Revenge failed, once again, to allow Kiss to once again re-claim their spot as the “hottest band in the world,” it was back to the classic face paint, the seven farewell tours, the firing Ace Frehley and hiring some dude to dress like him, Simmons going from being a douche to a super-douche- to me, this is the Kiss farewell album, and I’ll always have a soft spot for it.
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