Ace Frehley
Origins Vol. 1
(eOne Music)

Initially I didn’t expect much when I heard the Spaceman was releasing a collection of cover songs. And his decision to put a dull version of an overplayed song like Cream’s “White Room” as the opening track didn’t help things much, either. Luckily, things do improve. Covers of more obscure numbers like Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald” and Led Zepplin’s “Bring it on Home,” as well as a few from his former band Kiss, help raise some much-needed intrigue. Numerous guests make appearances throughout as well, including John 5, Mike McCready, and even former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley. However, a duet with Lita Ford on “Wild Thing” comes off as more tame than wild. When Ace was still in Kiss, he sang lead on a cover of The Rolling Stones classic “2,000 Man” and made that song his own. I would’ve liked to have heard more of that here, and less predictable stuff like Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride.” I get what he was going for on Origins Vol. 1; unfortunately, he doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head. (Jesse Striewski)

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2-half-stars

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