KISS'S TALENT, perhaps
their only one, is salesmanship. Like
many Americans with more mouth than
brains, the act of selling becomes a
raison d'etre. A skill to be proud of and
exhibited as brashly as possible.
'Asylum' continues to display Kiss's
ability to flog hapless consumers a
product they don't need and which has no
intrinsic value whatsoever. This is
marketing at its best.
music at its worst. It begins with that
reassuring (sic) burst of power chords
across an overwrought barrage of drums. A
succession of guitar solos comprise a
frenzy of finger vibrato culminating in
the customary high-pitched ping! And all
is topped by lyrics to excite nascent axe
murderers and sex attackers everywhere.
score again. Like the record, the profits
will be gross.