Sonic Boom (Kiss album)

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Sonic Boom
Studio album by Kiss
Released October 6, 2009
Recorded May–August 2009 Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal[1]
Length 43:07
Label Kiss Records
Producer Paul Stanley, Greg Collins
Kiss chronology
Kiss Alive 35
(2008)
Sonic Boom
(2009)
Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe
(2010)
Singles from Sonic Boom
  1. "Modern Day Delilah[2]"
    Released: August 19, 2009
  2. "Say Yeah"
    Released: December 8, 2009
  3. "Never Enough"
    Released: June 8, 2010

Sonic Boom is the 19th studio album and the first in 11 years from the rock band Kiss, released on October 6, 2009.[3] The album was recorded at Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA and produced by Paul Stanley and co-produced by Greg Collins.[4] The album was the first studio album to be released under the current line-up consisting of Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, newest lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer back on drums. Stanley stated, "the purpose of this album isn't to let people know that we're still around – it's to let people know we can still knock out anybody who's out there!".[5]

Album information[edit]

A fan routed North American tour promoted the album along with international shows throughout 2010, which included the band headlining the Rock am Ring festival in Germany. The cover artwork was created by artist Michael Doret who has worked with Kiss previously to create the cover of their 1976 album Rock and Roll Over.[6] Wal-Mart is the exclusive distributor of the album in the US and Canada,[3] selling it as a three disc package including the album, Kiss Klassics (a completely re-recorded greatest hits album that until now had been exclusively released in Japan as Jigoku-Retsuden), and a six song live DVD recorded April 5, 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the South American leg of the Kiss Alive/35 World Tour.

The album was sold as a digipak including a 20 page booklet. The album's first single was announced on the band's official website to be "Modern Day Delilah".[2] The album was also released on limited edition 180 gram vinyl and was pressed into five colors (red, green, black, blue and purple) with 1000 copies pressed of each.[7] "Modern Day Delilah" was announced and released as the lead single from Sonic Boom on August 19, 2009 to radio. It was Kiss' first single release in 11 years, the last being "You Wanted the Best" released in 1998.

The music video for "Modern Day Delilah" leaked online on the first days of December and was officially released on December 9, 2009 and premiered on Yahoo!. The video is topped and tailed by footage of giant sized members of Kiss walking through Detroit. The video went on to top UK music video channel Scuzz's "Most Rockin: Viewer Request Show" chart on December 3, 2009. The single was released as downloadable content for Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero on November 19, 2009 along with the singles "I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "Lick It Up".[8] Modern Day Delilah peaked at #50 on the Billboard Rock songs chart.[9] The song was used for their opening song for the Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour and The Hottest Show on Earth Tour.

"Say Yeah" was added to the shows on the Sonic Boom Tour/Alive 35 North American Tour 2009. Later on, it was mentioned during Kiss' Facebook concert broadcast that "Say Yeah" was going to be the next single off Sonic Boom. On December 5, it was announced that the single would be released to radios on December 8.[2] The single was released on the second week of January 2010 in Argentina. "Say Yeah" also hit #1 on February 5, 2010 on a Russian Radio Chart after debuting at #11. "Never Enough" was released as the next radio single from Sonic Boom in early June 2010 and was mentioned on KISSonline.com. The song was not incorporated into the band's setlist on its 2010 Summer Tour of the US and Canada.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[12]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[13]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[14]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[15]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[16]
Mojo 3/5 stars[17]
Spin 8/10 stars[18]

The album received mixed reviews by critics.[19] Sonic Boom debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 108,000 copies in its first week of release.[20] The #2 position was the highest mark ever reached by the group, beating the #3 debut of Psycho Circus' in 1998.[20] The album finished 2009 with 238,000 units sold.[21] The album finished 2010 as one of Billboard's Top 50 Rock Albums.[22] Metal Hammer listed the album on 13th place on the list Metal Hammer Albums of 2009 list.[23] Since its release, Sonic Boom has received Gold certification in Norway. [24]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Modern Day Delilah"   Paul Stanley Stanley 3:37
2. "Russian Roulette"   Stanley, Gene Simmons Simmons 4:32
3. "Never Enough"   Stanley, Tommy Thayer Stanley 3:26
4. "Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)"   Simmons Simmons 3:02
5. "Stand"   Stanley, Simmons Stanley, Simmons 4:50
6. "Hot and Cold"   Simmons Simmons 3:36
7. "All for the Glory"   Stanley, Simmons Singer 3:49
8. "Danger Us"   Stanley Stanley 4:22
9. "I'm an Animal"   Simmons, Stanley, Thayer Simmons 3:47
10. "When Lightning Strikes"   Thayer, Stanley Thayer 3:45
11. "Say Yeah"   Stanley Stanley 4:27

Disc 2[edit]

Bonus CD: Compilation Kiss Klassics

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Deuce"   Simmons Simmons 3:08
2. "Detroit Rock City"   Stanley, Bob Ezrin Stanley 3:57
3. "Shout It Out Loud"   Stanley, Simmons, Ezrin Stanley, Simmons 2:54
4. "Hotter Than Hell"   Stanley Stanley 3:10
5. "Calling Dr. Love"   Simmons Simmons 3:26
6. "Love Gun"   Stanley Stanley 3:14
7. "I Was Made for Lovin' You"   Stanley, Vini Poncia, Desmond Child Stanley 4:42
8. "Heaven's on Fire"   Stanley, Child Stanley 3:24
9. "Lick It Up"   Stanley, Vinnie Vincent Stanley 3:56
10. "I Love It Loud"   Simmons, Vincent Simmons 4:09
11. "Forever"   Stanley, Michael Bolton Stanley 3:53
12. "Christine Sixteen"   Simmons Simmons 2:59
13. "Do You Love Me?"   Stanley, Ezrin, Kim Fowley Stanley 3:39
14. "Black Diamond"   Stanley Singer, intro by Stanley 4:20
15. "Rock and Roll All Nite"   Stanley, Simmons Simmons 2:49

Disc 3[edit]

DVD – Live in Buenos Aires (Recorded on 5 April 2009 - River Plate Stadium)

  1. "Deuce"
  2. "Hotter Than Hell"
  3. "C'mon and Love Me"
  4. "Watchin' You"
  5. "100,000 Years"
  6. "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Personnel[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[25] 22
Austrian Albums Chart[25] 6
Belgium Albums Chart (Vl)[25] 40
Belgium Albums Chart (Wa)[25] 47
Danish Albums Chart[25] 24
European Albums Chart[26] 5
Finnish Albums Chart[25] 7
French Albums Chart[25] 31
German Albums Chart[27] 4
Hungarian Albums Chart[28] 24
Italian Albums Chart[25] 12
Netherland Albums Chart[25] 13
Norwegian Albums Chart[25] 2
Spanish Albums Chart[25] 32
Swedish Albums Chart[25] 3
Switzerland Albums Chart[25] 12
UK Albums Chart[29] 24
Billboard 200[30] 2
Billboard Hard Rock Albums[30] 1
Billboard Rock Albums[30] 1
Billboard Independent Albums[30] 1

References[edit]

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