Origins Vol. 1 - Ace Frehley

No aces in your hand

The idea of making cover songs is essentially sympathetic. It is – I believe – that that is how all bands are started: to play the numbers, you loved; numbers that already existed. It is a fine and honest tribute to the giants, you stand on the shoulders of. But you ask yourself: maybe you Could limit itself to individual tracks here and there, or maybe even just make it live? As an extra indulgence for those who actually buy tickets to your show, and to say: "now you shall hear what started it all for me, maybe it's also interesting and cool for you." A whole album is at least very much too much, and I shudder at the threat of a Vol. II and it, which is worse. 2 deeply disappointed skulls can be: one for each of the songs, which, after all, is not entirely dreadful.

Why does an experienced and established musician as Ace Frehley a whole album only with songs? The answer to that question is in the title, but what the world must use it for remains to be seen.

A misguided tribute

Ace Frehley has made an album only with covers. It has Metallica done before him – without getting praise for the initiative. It reeks of creative crisis, when an established musician to make the kind of, even though the title suggests that the purpose is to pay homage to the musical roots. The rest of the title suggests, incidentally, that there are several Origins-albums in the pipeline, and I would like to stress that he is not to do something, the hassles of making them finished for my sake.

A promising start quickly went wrong

In Origins Vol. In there are cover songs of bands such as bl.a. The Rolling Stones, Cream, Thin Lizzy and an artist like Jimi Hendrix. There are strangely enough also two whole numbers from Kiss – that is, the band, the Ace Frehley himself has founded and played leadguitar. Is it only me who finds it funny to make a cover of something you made yourself? The album opens with "White Room" (original by Cream), and it starts out promising with a pretty cool sound and a solid guitar work.

But then came the vocals. From the first syllable, it just that the karaoke bar-sense, which, unfortunately, never completely goes away. In fact, it is all this notifier's full of willpower and self-discipline to be listening when Ace sings. To turn, but really solid the whole album through.

There are two bright spots, such as: "Fire and Water" (original by Free) and "Bring it on Home" (original by Led Zeppelin) is actually quite good numbers. On the former, incidentally, Paul Stanley, who sings, and the song has a good groove. In turn Frehleys bid on "Wild Thing" (original by The Troggs) simply so ugly, that there should be a penalty.

Out of respect for the man's musical CV, I have actually listened the album thru quite a few times in a good hope that it would grow on me, such as really good music, it has to do. But, unfortunately, is here to talk about a genuine fuser. As experienced and established musician should be able to do it better, and he can't find his own songs, he should keep quiet and go on the pension.


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