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Hot in the Shade

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Realizing that their last albums weren't even close to being in league with their output from the '70s, Kiss made a conscious effort to get back on track with 1989's Hot in the Shade. The group began trying out new material, and was soon forced to issue a record in conjunction with an upcoming tour. Hence, Hot in the Shade is a slight improvement over its flat predecessors Asylum, Crazy Nights -- but not by much. The songwriting is still unfocused, but at least the keyboards that plagued Crazy Nights had thankfully been put away, and the production isn't as pop-oriented as most of their other '80s albums. The album did spawn Kiss' first Top Ten single in ten years with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Realizing that their last albums weren't even close to being in league with their output from the '70s, Kiss made a conscious effort to get back on track with 1989's Hot in the Shade. The group began trying out new material, and was soon forced to issue a record in conjunction with an upcoming tour. Hence, Hot in the Shade is a slight improvement over its flat predecessors Asylum, Crazy Nights -- but not by much. The songwriting is still unfocused, but at least the keyboards that plagued Crazy Nights had thankfully been put away, and the production isn't as pop-oriented as most of their other '80s albums. The album did spawn Kiss' first Top Ten single in ten years with the syrupy ballad "Forever," but again, the group missed the mark by padding the album with lots of filler "You Love Me to Hate You," "Love's a Slap in the Face," "Cadillac Dreams," etc.. Also included were a couple of obvious attempts at hit singles "Rise to It" and the dreadful "Hide Your Heart", and a track that sounds like a total ripoff of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me," titled "Read My Body." Drummer Eric Carr's only lead vocal on a Kiss record, "Little Caesar," is one of the album's few bright spots, but Hot in the Shade unfortunately proved to be Carr's last album with Kiss; he died from cancer in 1991.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/1989
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042283891326
  • Catalog Number: 838913
  • Sales rank: 35,483

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiss Primary Artist
Peter Criss Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ace Frehley Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gene Simmons Electric Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Stanley Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Phillip Ashley Keyboards
Charlotte Crossley Background Vocals
Kim Edwards-Brown Background Vocals
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gene Simmons Producer
Paul Stanley Producer
Eric Carr Contributor
Bruce Kulick Contributor
Pat Regan Engineer
Mitchell Kanner Artwork, Art Direction
Michael Bays Art Direction
Scott Townsend Artwork
Mikey Davis Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good,but not great

    The KISS album "Hot in the Shade" is good,but not great.The album has good songs but in my opinion,none of the songs on the album will ever be the best songs KISS ever did.The best thing about the abum is it has the song "Little Caesar"which is sung by Eric Carr,the drummer for KISS from 1980-1991.The only song I don't like is "Forever"which was co-written by Michael Bolton.So if you're a KISS fan,buy this album and decide if you agree with me.

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