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Sonic Boom - Umberto Mino - 8 stars

Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom
(Roadrunner Records - 2009)

Let's start with an old Gene Simmons interview... At the question about a new studio album he answered "No way". Six years later we can listen, fortunately, to this new Kiss album. Ten years after their Psycho Circus! What change in this band??? A lot of things! Two originals members are gone away - one more time - and most important thing, the quality of their music is very high!!!!!
Sonic Boom is a kind of back to the roots, for many people their best album since Destroyer, for me this is simply their best performance since their 80's albums. Finally Paul Stanley - the real soul of Kiss - take the right direction for the sound and the songs grow up quality and sound. This album is also the first one in studio for Kiss for Tommy Thayer, the contested replacement for Ace Frehley!! I don't care about that, for me Tommy is a very good guitar player and a song writer (people don't forget his past in Black'n'Blue and he taught to Ace Frehley who to play his solos for the first Kiss comeback).
Sorry, I must talk about the Sonic Boom release. This new Kiss is the first one for Roadrunner Records and it came out in a big package!!!! Regular new CD, a second CD with their classic stuff re-played and a DVD with their live gig in Buenos Aires in 2008!!! This are good reasons to buy Sonic Boom, but the big fact is: this album is very nice. Maybe you guys know the single Modern Day Delilah, a good appetizer, and the rest of the songs like Say Yeah or Stand demonstrate that once more. I wanna rock'n'roll all night and party every day!!!!!!

8 stars

Umberto Mino


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