KISS had certainly produced ballads before, but this is probably the group's first genuine pop metal power ballad
, a song ever-reliant on moody, arpeggiated guitars from Vincent and lighter-raising vocals from Stanley. The singer's attempts at metal bombast come off a bit hollow on the record's faster cuts, but here the marriage of slow tempos with romantic yearning clearly foreshadows KISS's later success in the hair metal
movement of the mid to late-'80s. I stop short of declaring this one to be a full-tilt classic, but it does work well as an effective evolution of a band's sound into a new musical era. Still, Vincent's lead guitar work lacks Frehley's originality even if it certainly operates on a comfortable level of competence.