By: Jesse Striewski
Everyone’s favorite spaceman is back for yet another solo outing (his 3rd in 4 years), and although it may not feature the most original title (just 2 albums back he released Space Invader in 2014), he seems to have tapped into the cosmos just right this time.
Some might argue tracks like “Bronx Boy” and first single “Rockin’ with the Boys” sound a tad dated, but they’re actually quite effective (though a cover of Eddie Money’s “I Wanna Go Back” does come off a bit forced).
Gene Simmons has a couple of songwriting credits here, and even lends his bass playing on one track (“Without You I’m Nothing”), and longtime Ace Frehley/Kiss contributor Anton Fig even makes an appearance or two. But the song that hits the mark best hands down is “Mission to Mars;” layered with throwback guitar riffs that echo straight from a ’70s-era Kiss record, it’s the definite highlight found here. Leave it to the Spaceman not to let down.
Rating: 3/5 Stars