Part 3 of my series of Kiss reviews, leading up to the release of Monster!
KISS – Dressed To Kill (1975)
Dressed To Kill is an interesting album. While it contains the best known Kiss song (“Rock N’ Roll All Nite”) it also contains quite a few album classics that a lot of people don’t know (“Getaway”, “Anything For My Baby”, and “Two Timer” being good examples). This is one I play frequently. I never tired of it. It just has “vibe”. Listen to “Two Timer” for example. Kiss were obvious more than the sum of their parts, and this album was pretty heavy for 1975.
“Room Service” is an upbeat Paul opener, and I think we all know what kind of service Paul was getting. “C’Mon and Love Me” has a killer riff, one of the best Paul’s ever written. “She”, of course, goes back to the Wicked Lester days. It’s one of Gene’s sludgier moments. Even standard album tracks like “Love Her All I Can” and “Anything For My Baby” are entertaining enough. They might not be classics, nor complex, but they sure get the foot tapping.
The first and only album produced by the Casablaca label president Neil Bogart, Dressed To Kill retreats from the weak but more metallic sound of Hotter Than Hell, and goes back to the more rocky feel of their debut. The songs are every bit as good. I particularly like “Two Timer”, “C’Mon and Love Me”, and “Rock Bottom”. “Rock Bottom” features a beautiful acoustic intro by Ace Frehley.
The album cover is also classic — a shot of the band wearing ill-fitting suits, given to them by manager Bill Aucoin. It’s perfect.