333: Backtrack
   

Awwwyeah, now dance for me, pretty boy!  DANCE HARDER DAMMIT.

So this weekend I'm flying out to Austin, Texas with my family to attend the Austin City Limits music festival.  Although I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, this will be my first big festival, so I'm super excited.  I can't wait to buy one of them $10 water bottles I hear so much about.  I already know one thing, though: no matter how many amazing bands I see this weekend, I'll still feel like I missed out on so much.  Especially since they booked two of the headliners at the same time!  I have to choose between the great Jack White and the great Neil Young, damn you Texas!  And I won't be getting back home until Monday afternoon, which means there won't be any comic for that day.  (Damn, the number of missed comics is just piling up lately, isn't it?)  But, I'll have my laptop with me, so I'll be able to upload songs to the MUSIC page each day, and I'll be sure to tell you guys all about the festival on Tuesday!

In the meantime, here's another new album that just recently came out:  KISS's Monster.  Now, my favorite KISS album up until now was actually their latest one, Sonic Boom, which came out in 2009.  To me, it was the album where they finally did everything right.  The earliest KISS albums contained all of their most well-known hits, but I always thought the albums suffered due to the quieter production standards of the 1970's.  The guitars on the albums sounded much smaller than they needed them to be.  I'm pretty sure that's why KISS's live albums sold so much better than their studio albums, because on those the guitars could finally be as loud and powerful as they wanted, and it sounded so much better because of it.  But then KISS lost steam during the 80's and 90's, changing up their styles to try to match the times, and recording a lot of great singles but not many great albums.  But then on Sonic Boom, they finally went back to their original style, and this time they brought all the good and loud production quality of modern rock with them, and it made the album work better than any of their others, in my opinion.  And Monster follows in Sonic Boom's wake perfectly.  In fact, it's practically the same album with different songs.  The style, production, and awesomeness are all there and all equal to what Sonic Boom brought us, making Monster a very good hard rock album.  It's not original at all, it's pretty much the same style you've heard from every other band, but these are guys who know how to write hard rock songs, and they do it damn well.  And for some reason I like Paul Stanley's voice better and better the older he gets.  So if you're a fan of simple 70's-style hard rock, and aren't looking for anything particularly unique, Monster is a great choice of album.

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