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Kiss
[Mercury Remasters Series]
Rating: 8.0

The album that made it kosher for white guys to wear face paint, the debut album by Kiss, is loaded with one classic song after another: "Strutter," "Firehouse," "Nothing to Lose," "Kissing Time," and, of course, "Black Diamond" (which still has one of the most annoying endings of any good song). The remastering job on this disc is light years ahead of the original CD issue, and if you loved it back then, get ready to experience the hottest band in the world all over again. You get power chords, power ballads, and everything that was early '70s rock and roll on one shiny aluminum disc. Get it while it's hot!

-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