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Kiss, Psycho Circus

Psycho Circus

(Mercury) Reunited, and it rocks so good. The first album by KISS’ original members in two decades sounds like it was recorded two decades ago–thank God: The choruses are so headbangingly huge and the guitars so overdubbed into excess you’d think they recorded the album in their makeup. This is rock with a capital R, captured in all its cheesy glory (who else would record a song called “I Pledge Allegiance (to the State of Rock & Roll)”?). This new effort proves that in the circus of hard-rock dinosaurs, KISS remain its Barnum & Bailey.

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