Sonic Boom is pure KISS, with some songs sounding very much like 70’s KISS, and others sounding 80s. KISS has almost always been dismissed by reviewers as nothing but a gimmick band who do not write sophisticated R&R songs. Ya know what? I prefer my KISS straight up, pure fun for rocking and rolling all nite to.
I note that a lot of the people reviewing it poorly in the comments are Pater/Ace luddites who just can’t admit those days are gone, most likely to never return. Peter may care, but Ace doesn’t. And remember both sold their rights to the Catman and Spaceman makeup, so how much could either of them really care? Tommy & Eric DO care, and it shows on this album and onstage.
Sonic Boom has straight up hard rock like Modern Day Delilah, I’m an Animal, Russian Roulette, and Hot Or Cold, and pure poppish stuff like Stand, Yes, I Know, Say Yeah, and All For The Glory. And it is all good. Sonic Boom showcases each member, and each member delivers.
I will also say that Ace’s Anonamly is also an excellent album. Only a couple of songs on it are weak, and his guitar playing still blows you away.
Sonic Boom is what KISS does best. It makes your tap your toe and sing out loud and proud. Enjoy it. Best album in more than 20 years.