Rock jug­ger­nauts get repack­aged once more

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel - JOE DALY

Since 1973, Kiss have sold more than 100 mil­lion al­bums and toured the world sev­eral times over, largely on the strengths of their first six records. Sure, they have con­tin­ued to re­lease new ma­te­rial (the most re­cent al­bum be­ing 2012’s Mon­ster), yet the world’s ap­petite for new Kiss mu­sic is clearly di­min­ish­ing. Nei­ther Mon­ster nor its pre­de­ces­sor, 2009’s Sonic Boom, earned gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the US and it’s been 30 years since a new al­bum has gone plat­inum. Still, their out­put since 1979 has yielded a fair num­ber of hits and it’s on these lat­ter years that Kissworld sets its sights. Tracks like the tit­u­lar cut from 1983’s Lick It Up,

God Gave Rock And Roll To You II, from 1992’s Re­venge, and Heaven’s On Fire, from 1984’s An­i­mal­ize, take aim at the band’s younger fans, whose en­try points to Kiss were those al­bums from the 80s and 90s.

Also in­cluded are setlist staples like Rock And Roll

All Night, Love Gun and Detroit Rock City. While the ma­te­rial is strong, Kissworld is bar­ren of any ex­tras, rar­i­ties or remixes, which ren­ders it ex­ceed­ingly dif­fi­cult not to view it with head-shak­ing cyn­i­cism. If you’re new to Kiss, pick up Dou­ble Plat­inum in­stead, and if you’re al­ready a fan, there’s noth­ing here for you.

Kiss: stil pout­ing all the way to the bank

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