Sonic Boom

Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Will it provide decent accompaniment for a Gene Simmons blood-belching performance in a packed arena? This big, dumb, catchy record passes that test.
  2. 80
    It's a breath of fiery air, then, that their latest is as close to a return to classic form as anyone could reasonably expect.
  3. Classic and maybe even a little awesome, Sonic Boom makes that "hottest band in the world" tag much easier to swallow.
  4. Paul Stanley's rock-as-motivational-address anthems fare a little better, but there's precious little ­inspiration.
  5. This Walmart-only three-disc set--which includes a CD of rerecorded hits and a live DVD--should remind Hall of Fame voters that the recent nominees deserve consideration for far more than just Simmons' fire-breathing abilities.
  6. Of course, substance is in the eye of the beholder, and the lyrics don’t much stray from Kiss standbys such as partying, sex and, naturally, rock ’n’ roll. The results are appropriately direct and unambiguous.
  7. The 11 new songs, Kiss' first since 1998's "Psycho Circus," hardly deviate from the band's time-proven formula.
  8. Mojo
    60
    Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have knuckled down alongside relative newbies Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer to make a half-decent rock'n'roll record. [Nov 2009, p.90]
  9. Q Magazine
    20
    They may still want to party every night, but it would take a Kiss Kasket full of Viagra to animate this limp cock rock. [Dec 2009, p. 116]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Dec 22, 2016
    9
    Great Album Close to 10

    If don't have the rubbish "I'm an Animal" Sorry but always Gene **** Kiss albums with 1,2,3 maybe with 4 songs, but
    Great Album Close to 10

    If don't have the rubbish "I'm an Animal" Sorry but always Gene **** Kiss albums with 1,2,3 maybe with 4 songs, but honestly the others songs of Gene Simmons in this album all is great.
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  2. May 11, 2016
    9
    ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................GREAT Album AND **** You!!!!!! Critic of Q MAGAZINE.... Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    9
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................A Great album Full Review »