TITLE: Hotter Than Hell
YEAR RELEASED: 1974
CHART ACTION: #100
SINGLES: Let Me Go, Rock ‘n’ Roll
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hotter Than Hell.
LINEUP: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from the legendary band finds them solving many of the songwriting flaws of their debut.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s not packed with the early Kiss songs everyone screams for, but this second long player from the make-up marauders is actually a better record pound-for-pound.
The band took time to write 10 solid tracks, and while none are “Strutter” or “Deuce”, almost all of them are pretty worthwhile rockers in their own way. The vocals are a bit ragged, but that fits these songs, and Ace Frehley steps forward with some tasty tracks (though he didn’t sing them, not yet anyway).
The production is still murky as all get out, and that’s the biggest negative here. Yet it’s a step forward for the band, and soon they would embark on world domination, or try to.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This didn’t have the distribution of the debut, since Casablanca lost their Warner’s distribution deal.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: I ask again, would you like a more consistent record, or one with peaks and skippable tracks? I prefer consistent albums myself.