Space Invader

Space Invader

by Ace FrehleyAce Frehley
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Coming off a year where Kiss' induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame came off as the ungrateful Gene and Paul show, original member and now solo outsider Ace Frehley had something to prove, at least to the loyal fans (aka the Kiss Army). As such, Space Invader is the required retro return, one that's well-executed, from its '80s video game title to its mix of thick, singalong rockers and laid-back guitar show pieces. Of the latter, "Past the Milky Way" ("I sail past the Milky Way/Just to hold you in my arms") is the kind of midtempo, Blue Öyster Cult-like stuff that supports comic book lyrics like "Let's rendezvous on Mars" so well, while the closing "Starship" is a six-stringer's delight, jangling along with Ace in acoustic mode and reminding fans that his constant referencing of the Beatles sometimes comes through in his music. These mellow moods round out the album well, and yet the meat and potatoes are the space truckin', gutsy rockers like "Gimme a Feelin," a lusty blast of bravado where cliches meet those strange, clumsy, and lovable Ace-isms like "And baby, you got what it takes/To really jangle my brain." "What Every Girl Wants" is Destroyer-era magic from a man who was there, then "Inside the Vortex" reminds listeners that Kiss would sometimes stretch into the world of prog rock whenever Ace channeled his inner Asimov. Biggest sci-fi thrill of them all would be the title-track opener, which is just too over-the-top and laser-powered to sell to newcomers, and it's worth mentioning that the cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" is delivered with charm and proper lightheartedness. No kowtowing to the current sound or other embarrassments make this a fan album in the best sense, and on top of it all, Ace's guitar playing is inspired while his voice remains a Buck Dharma-like mix of warm and weathered. For longtime fans, Space Invader is a rocket well worth riding.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923939726
catalogNumber: 9397
Rank: 42376

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ace Frehley   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Overdubs
Chris Cassone   Background Vocals
Ronnie Mancuso   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Warren Huart   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Chris Wyse   Bass
Larry Russell   Overdubs
Alex Salzman   Keyboards,Overdubs
Matt Starr   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Ken Gullic   Background Vocals
Phil Allen   Background Vocals
Rachael Gordon   Background Vocals
Ronnie Mancuse   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Ace Frehley   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Chris Cassone   Composer
Eddie Curtis   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Ronnie Mancuso   Producer,Engineer
Steve Miller   Composer
Mark Greene   Engineer
Warren Huart   Producer,Engineer
Ken Kelly   Cover Painting
Gen Rubin   Composer
Rachel Gordon   Composer
Alex Salzman   Engineer
Ken Gullic   Producer
Larry Rusell   Engineer
Sebastian Basco   Composer
Mike Everett   Engineer
John Ostrosky   Composer

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