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Kiss haven’t gotten any subtler in the 11 years since their last studio album (”Baby, feel my tower of power!” declares Gene Simmons on ”Hot and Cold”). And why should they? There’s no denying the pleasingly hook-laden nature of such anthemic rockers as Sonic Boom‘s ”Stand” and ”Modern Day Delilah,” while onetime Kiss opening-act guitarist Tommy Thayer makes for an adequate Ace Frehley replacement. This Walmart-only three-disc set — which includes a CD of rerecorded hits and a live DVD — should remind Hall of Fame voters that the recent nominees deserve consideration for far more than just Simmons’ ? fire-breathing abilities. B

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