Music Review

Psycho Circus

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Kiss

Reunited, and it rocks so good. Psycho Circus, the first album by KISS' original members in two decades, sounds like it was recorded two decades ago — thank God: The choruses are so headbangingly huge and the guitars so overdubbed into excess you'd think they recorded the album in their makeup. This is rock with a capital R, captured in all its cheesy glory (who else would record a song called ''I Pledge Allegiance (to the State of Rock & Roll)''?). This new effort proves that in the circus of hard-rock dinosaurs, KISS remain its Barnum & Bailey. A-

Originally posted Sep 25, 1998 Published in issue #451 Sep 25, 1998 Order article reprints