Kiss: Paul Stanley (vocals, guitar); Gene Simmons (vocals, bass); Bruce Kulick (guitar); Eric Carr (drums). Recorded at The Fortress, Hollywood, California. Continuing in the same vein as many of Kiss' '80s releases, HOT IN THE SHADE picks up where CRAZY NIGHTS left off. Although a pop metal record, this album benefited from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons taking a more organic approach, as opposed to the Ron Nevison-produced, keyboard-laden NIGHTS. The technique works, as this is a straight-ahead hard rock album with minimal keyboards, but with effective touches of acoustic guitar and brass. Leadoff track ''Rise To It'' is typical Paul Stanley fare: upbeat, guitar-infested sex rock. ''Hide Your Heart'' was the first single and the standout track on the album. A funky mid-tempo number written by Stanley, Desmond Child and Holly Knight, the song was also covered by Ace Frehley and Bonnie Tyler. Gene Simmons goes country on ''Cadillac Dreams,'' complete with slide guitar and horns. The acoustic ballad ''Forever'' was a top 10 smash for the group and was written by Paul Stanley and Michael Bolton. After eight years as the group's drummer, Eric Carr made his lead vocal debut on ''Little Ceasar.'' An above average hard rock album that combined some atypical elements, HOT IN THE SHADE is definitely worth purchasing.