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Psycho Circus [Enhanced, Import]

KissAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00000AFDW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Psycho Circus
2. Within
3. I Pledge Allegiance To The State Of Rock & Roll
4. Into The Void
5. We Are One
6. You Wanted The Best
7. Raise Your Glasses
8. I Finally Found My Way
9. Dreamin'
10. Journey Of 1,000 Years
11. CD-ROM Data

Editorial Reviews

Talk about the roar of the greasepaint: On this first studio effort together since Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley welcomed back once-exiled mates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley with open talons (was it really almost 20 years? How the pterodactyl flies), the unkillable beast called Kiss reels off a few potent additions to its undeniably, er, prodigious body of work. Still stubbornly plodding through the musical tar pits of their classic-rock youth--a little Beatles harmony here, a little Alice Cooper guitar noise there--the dressed-to-ill foursome makes the clock roll back (if not completely unwind) with the fist-waving "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll" and the if-Green-Day-can-do-it-why-not-us acoustic surprise, "We Are One." Better even than the album is the in-booklet merchandise ad, which hawks Kisstory II in all its "440-page, 9-pound" glory, for a mere $158.95. Like they say: size does matter. --Billy Altman

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 90% Excellent! September 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When KISS put their war-paint back on and welcomed Ace Frehley and Peter Criss home from years as solo artists I originally thought, 'they are going to do a reunion tour, a fourth live album, and then a farewell tour.' But when Psycho Circus came out I was amazed that a group that had been together for almost thirty years could write such dynamic, powerful, and just plain fun songs! The opening (title) track, sung and co-written by Paul Stanley, nicely surmises the idea of the album, bizarre and sometimes dark, but always enjoyable 'You're in the Psycho Circus -and I say welcome to the show!' Then Gene Simmons comes screeching to the microphone on "Within." That, and Paul Stanley's "Dreamin'" have a much heavier and darker feel to them; the angry introspection so common on the "Revenge," or "Carnival of Souls" albums is back in full force, blending nicely with such anthems as "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock and Roll." KISS proves here that they can still rock with a vengeance. On what is arguably the best song on the album "Raise your Glasses," I felt myself inspired from the energetic guitar solo nicely complimented by motivational lyrics and the rolling thunder of Peter Criss' drum intro. "You Wanted the Best," is an interesting way of showcasing the vocal talents of all four band members, each singing the lead on different parts of the song. Ace Frehley only contributed to the writing of one song on the album, "Into the Void," but it is classic space-man. He does a good job on vocals but really shines with the guitar solo, it is both technically complex and enjoyable to listen to. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not Quite A Classic April 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
PSYCHO CIRCUS has been much maligned by both crtics and fans. It has also been praised by both; believe it or not both ROLLING STONE and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY gave the album good reviews (I guess hell must really have frozen over!). The truth is that this is a solid Hard Rock album with a couple of great songs. Album opener "Psycho Circus" easily qualifies as a KISS classic. Both catchy and powerful, it is the perfect updating of their 70's style. "Within" is a dark, dynamic song from GENE who attempts to put a 90's spin on "God Of Thunder," with fairly successful results. "I Pledge Allegiance..." is one of those "good, but not as good as it should have been" songs. You hear some good ideas, and it is fairly catchy, but Paul's choice of working with co-writer Holly Knight sabotages any chance the song had of being a classic. Ace Frehley makes his one songwriting contribution with "Into The Void," easily one of the best songs he has co-written in 20 years, and one of the 3 new KISS classics on the album. "We Are One," is a good pop tune, with a very nice sentiment, but should not have been included on an album already overloaded with "pop" songs. "You Wanted The Best," on the other hand, is the third of the new KISS classics on the album. With a grinding riff over a "Ballroom Blitz," or "Kickstart My Heart" type drum part, it sounds the most like KISS from the 70's out of all the songs on PSYCHO CIRCUS. Paul Stanley makes one of his best "Pop-Metal" contributions ever with "Raise Your Glasses," one of the most infectiously catchy songs of the last 10 years, not just from KISS, but from anyone. Read more ›
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately - NOT the original KISS! October 29, 2001
By berg
Format:Audio CD
Fans of the Original KISS saw this album as a dream come true: Gene, Paul, Ace & Peter back together and in the studio cranking out a new KISS album! Great concept, however, the cd is clearly a typical Gene & Paul album with a bunch of studio musicians rounding things out. This has been admitted by each band member by now: Ace and Peter barely played on this. What was the point of that? Go purchase "Asylum" or "Crazy Nights" if you want to hear the 'Gene & Paul Project' that KISS became after Ace and Peter left the band. These guys should have locked themselves in a rehearsal loft like the old days and created REAL KISS music again! What a horrible disappointment this album is.
As for the actual tunes, things get off to a pretty good start with the title track and "Within" (even though this song is clearly a "Carnival of Souls" leftover). From there, we are left with a bunch of self-aware hackneyed anthems about the band, the fans, and what they have meant to each other. The only other redeeming tune is Gene's final song on the album which could have fit nicely onto "Destroyer" back in 1976.
One hopes that before KISS calls it quits, they will make an album that features only Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter singing, writing, and playing. Give us an actual Original KISS album in the incredible tradition of KISS, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed To Kill, Alive, and Rock And Roll Over. Give us the four guys who started this whole thing - there's nothing like Gene, Paul, Ace, & Peter together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Made Me Yearn for Some More Music from The Elder...
This album pained me. As much grief as KISS has gotten over the years for The Elder, and Unmasked, both of those albums absolutely blow Circus out of the water. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Daryl Broussard
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Amplifiers Start To Hum...."
With a slow churning build-up that segues into drums and Paul Stanley screaming out, "Yeahhhh," Psycho Circus supposedly heralded the return of KISS in all of its original... Read more
Published 23 days ago by K. Fontenot
4.0 out of 5 stars Psycho circus
the title song is a high energy masterpiece you will listen to over and over and one of the best songs KISS have ever made. The rest of the album is average.
Published 1 month ago by Real Kool Dood
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS Psycho Circus Import
Bought this specifically to get the Japanese bonus track sung by Ace Frehley called "In Your Face".. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert L. Hicks Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
It was great music. Just. On what. I want I love kiss they're the world. Great. Band this cd is great
Published 2 months ago by mikehamel
5.0 out of 5 stars a solid album
this gives a full mix of what the guys can do. The tunes are classic KISS, a must own album,
Published 4 months ago by Richard Cady
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR KISS FANS
As a life long KISS fan, I just HAD to have this CD! This is the only time you get to see all five original band members in full make-up! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars KISS!
Great CD! If your a kiss fan like me u need this cd, with all the boys back together it's a kiss classic.
Published 7 months ago by Dan Cabral
5.0 out of 5 stars great
my husband said it was one of the best gifts he had ever gotten. we both loved it and will buy more.
Published 7 months ago by Becky Crone
3.0 out of 5 stars Some really great tracks, but not a true reunion album, not 70s KISS...
I was a big KIss fan back in the 70s when I was kid, and was excited when the original four got back to together. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeffer
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