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Kissin' Dynamite: Generation Goodbye
Kissin' Dynamite: Generation Goodbye CD Album Review

Kissin' Dynamite: Generation Goodbye

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.5/5.0

Say what you will about hard rockers and heavy metal kids, but sometimes they're capable of keen observation and commentary about our world. Concerning society today, Kissin' Dynamite drummer Andi Schnitzer makes this significant observation, "We live in a time of constant accessibility, where everyone needs to know everything at any time. The wrong things are take for too important. That's not healthy anymore ..." Sage words in the pervasive social media age, and it speaks to a loose theme running through their fifth studio album, Generation Goodbye.

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But why so serious? The music rocks. Once more Kissin' Dynamite delivers another fine album of melodic hard rock, spiced with heavy metal heaviness and wrapped in AOR accessibility. Basically, this crew can craft some damn fine catchy tunes, thanks to their ever present use and dependence upon melody, harmony, and groove. And don't forget the fine clean lead vocals, harmonious vocal arrangements, twin guitar harmony, and epic soaring guitar solos.

As for the songs, I've found that those that stand out are those which elevate the vocal and guitar harmony, offer catchy refrains, and hook you with melody and groove. Again, it's that AOR rock sensibility that makes their melodic metal rage with audio flavor. Dig these elements in Flying Colours, Somebody To Hate, and the uber catchy She Came She Saw. Add to this the two outstanding ballads, Masterpiece (a duet with an uncredited female vocalist) and If Clocks Were Running Backwards, a true example of classic hard rock ballads still reign. Kissin' Dynamite gets heavier, ripping out more raw heavy metal with Under Friendly Fire and Larger Than Life, though the former was my least favorite song here. (But the guitar solo kills.) The aforementioned social commentary comes within Generation Goodbye and Hashtag Your Life.

Fundamentally, Generation Goodby may be Kissin' Dynamite's most well-rounded and mature album to date. It definitely true pushes their melodic metal with hard rock groove and AOR accessibility to new heights. Easily recommended.

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Fundamentally, Generation Goodby may be Kissin' Dynamite's most well-rounded and mature album to date. It definitely true pushes their melodic metal with hard rock groove and AOR accessibility to new heights. Easily recommended.

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