Mister Freeze wrote:StateOfShock wrote:pieceofme wrote:
It isn't stupid.
If the album hadn't been a hit, there is no way Gene and Paul would talk about it so fondly!
If it wasn't a hit, they still wouldn't talk about it like they do The Elder. That is a stupid assumption.
KISS has been peddling a very predictable brand of bullshit for decades. Some of their fans can't see it. Perhaps you're one of them.
KISS was coming off its biggest success with a raw rock n' roll album that put the best songs from their first 3 albums in one place. To their credit, they gambled and went in a different direction with Destroyer. It didn't take off until a leftover Peter Criss demo hit the charts with strings, horns and none of the other band members on it. If the single flopped, the album would've been seen as an underperforming mistake and they'd still be making excuses for it today...
"We lost our way."
"It's a good Bob Ezrin album. I'm not sure it's a good KISS album."
Sound familiar? Nobody is saying Destroyer and The Elder are equal in quality, but both could be tossed in the same cut-out bin if "Beth" didn't take off. Throw in the iconic album cover and Destroyer takes on a mythology that far outweighs the quality of its content. "Detroit Rock City" and "God of Thunder" are classics, but the rest of the album is one big pile of meh. Yet Stanley/Simmons Inc. consider it the album that elevated their career beyond Alive!, so we still get underwhelming songs like "Do You Love Me" and "King of the Night Time World" in the setlist.
There is a huge amount of opinion in there and not much else; except for the "if's".