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Ooh, a brand new Kiss album! Oh, no, wait, it’s not. It’s just
another repackaging of the band’s past. There is some novelty to this
one, though: it’s a four-disc set, with one CD dedicated to each of the
original members, culling tracks from both Kiss and those four solo albums
that they put out back in the ‘70s. And, really, Ikons plays out pretty
much like those solo records: Ace Frehley’s is easily the best, with
the haphazard guitarist attacking songs like “New York Groove”
and the Rolling Stones’ “2000 Man” with everything
he’s got, his voice cracking and sloppy, but sounding as real and
charming as you’d expect a guy dressed up in Spaceman makeup to sound;
Peter Criss’s disc is the worst, with a couple of relative highlights
in “Black Diamond” and “Beth,” but far too many
mediocre tracks like “Baby Driver” and “Mainline,”
and even the occasional disaster like “That’s the Kinda Sugar
Papa Likes”; and the Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons discs are dependable
collections of most of the band’s big hits and a few more obscure
tracks. Really, though, as diplomatic as it may be putting 14 tracks on each
album, it’s hardly the smartest move when filer like Frehley’s
“Into the Void” has to be pulled from the band’s 1998
reunion album Psycho Circus to pad the disc out. Then again, it’s
probably pointless to criticize an album that’s clearly designed for
the Kiss completists who have everything including the Kiss Kasket, since
it’s doubtful that there’s much of worth here for anyone else.
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Kiss
Ikons
(Universal)

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