Crazy Nights is not a good album. Kiss had released a string of very good heavy albums in the '80s with Creatures of The Night, Lick It Up, and Animalize. They started going poppier on Asylum and the pop music phase of Kiss hits bottom on Crazy Nights. This was during a very unfocused period in the band's history as Gene Simmons was spending more time making movies than music. Pop-metal was hip in 1987 and the band tried to jump on the bandwagon.
There are very few memorable songs on this release as the album is full of unfocused songs which are dominated by keyboards. The leadoff track "Crazy, Crazy Nights" is one of the weakest singles of their career. Gene Simmons only contributed four songs on this album, and of those only the closing track, "Thief In The Night" is decent. "No, No, No", complete with an opening solo by Bruce Kulick, would've been a better track if not for the glossy production and keyboard during the chorus. Eric Carr's drumming on this album is competent, lacking the fire and creativity of the previous albums he played on. Other tracks which were weak due to production or lack of hooks include "Bang, Bang You", "Hell or High Water", "When Your Walls Come Down", and "Turn on The Night". The only strong tracks on the album are "I'll Fight Hell to Hold You" and the power ballad "Reason to Live", which should've been a hit. Only die-hard fans and fans of this era would really enjoy this album. Kiss would get closer to their roots on their next album, "Hot In the Shade".