Psycho Circus

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since the 1996 reunion tour was a blockbuster success, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to keep Peter Criss and Ace Frehley around for a little while longer -- long enough to record a full-fledged reunion album, Psycho Circus. Anyone expecting a stylistic breakthrough from a reunited allegedly revitalized Kiss would be unfamiliar with the band's history. Throughout the years, the only real change has been in the guitarists and drummers; the band's sleazy, big, dumb pop-metal has remained the same. The problem is, it's the kind of music that sounds more convincing when it's performed by a young, hungry band that makes records on the cheap. That way, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Since the 1996 reunion tour was a blockbuster success, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to keep Peter Criss and Ace Frehley around for a little while longer -- long enough to record a full-fledged reunion album, Psycho Circus. Anyone expecting a stylistic breakthrough from a reunited allegedly revitalized Kiss would be unfamiliar with the band's history. Throughout the years, the only real change has been in the guitarists and drummers; the band's sleazy, big, dumb pop-metal has remained the same. The problem is, it's the kind of music that sounds more convincing when it's performed by a young, hungry band that makes records on the cheap. That way, the albums really sound as sleazy as the men who make them. As the band pushes 50, Kiss no longer sound young, hungry, or sleazy -- they sound like professional dirty old men. And since they're professionals, they can turn out some catchy hooks when called upon, but Psycho Circus ultimately feels worn out, more of a huge advertisement for an impending tour than a full-fledged record. Certainly, they're crafty enough to toss out a few anthems to please fans "I Pledge Allegiance to the State of Rock & Roll," "You Wanted the Best", and that may be enough to appease fans longing for an album by a reunited Kiss, especially since Frehley is a better, more charismatic guitarist than anyone else that has floated through the band. But cynics i.e., anyone who isn't a hardcore fan will probably view it as pandering. Which raises an interesting question: who is more cynical, Kiss for writing fan-baiting rock & roll anthems simply to sell records, or the reviewers who call them on it?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731455899221
  • Catalog Number: 558992
  • Sales rank: 31,603

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiss Primary Artist, Bass, Vocals
Peter Criss Drums, Vocals
Ace Frehley Guitar, Vocals
Gene Simmons Bass, Vocals
Paul Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Bob Ezrin fender rhodes
Shelly Berg Piano, Conductor
Technical Credits
Gene Simmons Composer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Shelly Berg Arranger
Mike Plotnikoff Engineer
Louis Marino Art Direction
Peter Scanlan Artwork
Jason Mauva Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome heavy metal album by kiss

    this is kiss at their best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome heavy metal album

    awesome heavy metal album by kiss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    awesome album by kiss

    awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    put this one in your kiss collection

    this cd has no filler just killer tracks and various styles of music to the cd from hard to some ballads i was very impressed on this cd if you dont have a kiss collection then start with this cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is awesome!!!!!!!!!

    This CD rocks. The songs are great!!! Who cares if the guys are pushing 50 (well, 60 now)? If the music is still great, then keep on rockin'! These songs are totally cool, especially the first 7. I listen to them over and over. A great CD. I think it's their best. Definitely a GREAT BUY!!! Keep on rockin' Ha ha ha. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no clowns at this circus/great cd by kiss

    what a great cd it totaly rocks from the first track to the last. and with the orgignal line up/gene simmons/ace frherly peter criss and/paul stanley.gots lots of great tunes/with the title track that opens the cd.great intro. then they get down to verry seriuos business/also the tracks we are one /into the void and i pledgealegde to the state of rockn roll are also good ones you gotta get this cd/you dont wanna miss out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    back again and stronger than ever

    just simply a great summer rock and roll record , with '' we are are one '' standing out in my mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Farewell

    Great album, great tour! This album is one of the best since Destroyer with Kiss showing quite a diversity of musical styles. After hearing it for the first time, I had to literally shake my head and say, ''Wow''! Obviously the album reviewer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, is one of those types who continually dismissed Kiss throughout their career. He seems not to be able to get past his own prejudices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Welcome to the show!!

    I think this is probably one of their best cd's

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    Posted July 26, 2011

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