10.0: Essential
9.5-9.9: Spectacular
9.0-9.4: Amazing
8.5-8.9: Exceptional
8.0-8.4: Strong
7.5-7.9: Very good
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
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Kiss
Rock and Roll Over
[Mercury Remasters Series]
Rating: 7.5

As with Hotter Than Hell, Rock and Roll Over was a former favorite that didn't blow me away as hard as I remembered. However, it's not terrible either. With songs like "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em," "Hard Luck Woman" and "Ladies Room," it has its moments.

Moving back to their rock roots (comparitively speaking to Destroyer), producer Eddie Kramer set up shop with Kiss in an empty New York theatre and soon enough, Rock and Roll Over spilled forth. The result is sonically punchier, if not just a bit lacking in complete vitality. (Listen to me, Ma! I'm waxing philosophical 'bout Kiss!)

-Jason Josephes