[Mercury Remasters Series]
When I was seven, I was Gene Simmons for Halloween, and with good reason.
Gene was easily to coolest motherfucker in Kiss. The blood spitting.
The tongue waggling. The fire breathing. The best makeup of the bunch.
So why, pray tell, am I holding an album by the God of Thunder that has
the most god awful rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star?" (An album
that was, at the time of its release, one of the most expensive albums
ever produced.) I know, to you oldtimers, this may not come as a
surprise, but this is one of the Kiss albums I never got to hear back
during my Kiss period (ages 6-8). Gene Simmons all but rips the legs
off of Jiminy Cricket by trying to reach several
notes and not even coming close. The result is Disney as interpreted by
Ricky, the Muppet with the least vocal dexterity.
Gene Simmons has its moments. "See You Tonight" is a simple, mid-tempo
pop song that you'd never think he could pull off. "Man of 1,000 Faces"
has some neat experimental touches like orchestral jabs that become
commonplace in the '80s. Overall, not a bad release, but hardly