Picks and Pans Review: Dynasty

updated 07/16/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/16/1979 01:00AM

Kiss

Titled with typical humility, this LP further legitimizes kiss' claim to the throne in the realm of R & B (i.e., Repetitive & Boring) music. There's even a cover shot of the made-up quartet by no less than Francesco Scavullo that should earn a Grammy for Overemployment by an Artist in the Field of Album Design. Nothing, of course, will discourage the kiss Army Fan Club, but for the record: The group's singing is so abysmally flat and lifeless that not even impressive production quality on the drum-and bass-pounding background can carry the LP beyond the puerile. The vocals are just a nuisance. Ace Frehley's guitar work is professional on the two fine rock'n'roll tunes he wrote (his solo LP was by far the best of the four), but that's about it. On Charisma, the group sings "Is it my body or my brain/Do I drive you insane?" The answers: no, no and pretty close.

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