Kiss: Dynasty: Pitchfork Review
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Cover Art Kiss
[Mercury Remasters Series]
Rating: 2.0

We've come to the part in their career when Kiss are now starting to suck. Aside from becoming the most over marketed band of the 1970s, the costumed champs of the mainstream lose their toehold on good old fashioned rock and roll. It can all be summed up in the first track and their last major hit single, "I Was Made for Loving You." This song hasn't aged well at all, but it's interesting because it sounds like both 1979 and 1983, and that's 1983 as in ZZ Top's Eliminator. I don't know about you, but this song reminds me of "Legs," which at least sported a cool video. Alas, the only other tricks up Kiss' sleeves were to roll out a Rolling Stones cover (yawn) and dump the "I don't care anymore" guy Peter Criss. His replacement? Anton Fig from the Letterman Show. Still, Criss appears on the cover and Fig's name is nowhere to be found on the product. At least he got out of the mess okay. For Kiss, this was the beginning of a 17 year downslide (1992's Domino aside.)

-Jason Josephes

10.0: Essential
9.5-9.9: Spectacular
9.0-9.4: Amazing
8.5-8.9: Exceptional; will likely rank among writer's top ten albums of the year
8.0-8.4: Very good
7.5-7.9: Above average; enjoyable
7.0-7.4: Not brilliant, but nice enough
6.0-6.9: Has its moments, but isn't strong
5.0-5.9: Mediocre; not good, but not awful
4.0-4.9: Just below average; bad outweighs good by just a little bit
3.0-3.9: Definitely below average, but a few redeeming qualities
2.0-2.9: Heard worse, but still pretty bad
1.0-1.9: Awful; not a single pleasant track
0.0-0.9: Breaks new ground for terrible