Title: “Sonic Boom”
Label: KISS Records
Release Date: 10/16/2009
Genre: Hard Rock
KISS fans have waited eleven years for the band to release a new studio album and “Sonic Boom” is finally here and proves to be a major musical upgrade from their last effort “Psycho Circus”. The aforementioned release was done by a reunited KISS but it didn’t feel as though the songwriting was done together whereas “Sonic Boom” seems to have been written by the band together and recorded in the same fashion. Despite the absence of original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss who are no longer a part of the equation I really was looking forward to the album and had high expectations of it even if some of my friends chose instead to rally against it. As a musical work, “Sonic Boom” does not bring the listener a continuation of the experiments KISS had done in their career and there is no Disco, no Pop, no Grunge and nothing Alternative about it and instead the album brings you back in time to the days of releases like “Love Gun” or “Rock and Roll Over”. While not comparing the albums to those venerated classics, it is clear that the musical format chosen was intended to be that which made the band popular in the first place and the whole thing starts off with the rocking opener “Modern Day Delilah”. It’s a nice and heavy track that finds Paul taking lead and driving the point home. Most of the record finds Gene and Paul exchanging tracks and to be honest I felt that Paul’s were the strongest musically especially when it came to tunes like “Stand”, “Never Enough”, and “Say Yeah” but Gene does shine just a little bit on his own numbers with “Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect)” and “I’m An Animal”. At the end of the day the Paul tracks will be on the listeners lips a little easier and faster than the Gene ones and most would go over well in the concert sense just based on how powerful they are on the recording. I had to say that I felt this album was a lot more even in nature and how it flowed.
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