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When they finally started slipping,
This review is from: Love Gun (Audio CD)
Love Gun was Kiss' 6th studio album in a 3-year period, an amazingly prolific output considering how many bands today release only one album during the same period. This is not only when the band was at the height of their popularity, but also when chinks started to show in their armor. Ace Frehley and Peter Criss not only wanted to leave the band but were also experiencing difficulties with drugs and alcohol. This is also when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons' songwriting skills started to slip as this was their first studio album that wasn't strong from beginning to end.
There are several strong tracks here and most of them are on the first half of the album. "I Stole Your Love" is one of their best album openers and one of Stanley's heavier songs. "Christine Sixteen" was the first single and one of Simmons' poppier efforts at the time, definitely a prelude to much of the material that would grace his solo album released the following year. "Got Love For Sale" is a great rocker from Simmons. "Shock Me" would be Frehley's debut as a lead vocalist and features one of his best solos. "Plaster Caster", which was later featured on their MTV Unplugged album, and the title track, which features one of Simmons' best bass lines, are also strong tracks. After that, the album runs out of gas. "Tomorrow And Tonight" is an attempt at another great anthem ala "Rock And Roll All Nite" that doesn't catch fire. The tracks "Almost Human" and "Hooligan" are weak compared to their previous work. Finally, the last track "Then She Kissed Me" is arguably the worst of their cover tunes. Basically, it's a decent album with some great songs, but not among their best work.