Ace Frehley - Space Invader

Space Invader is ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's newest release; it's the Spaceman's first solo LP in five years. While this album won't blast you off into space, you can be sure it will transport you back in time, a quantum leap if you will, into the body of a sexually-frustrated teenage boy. If I'm going to listen to songs with these kinds of lyrics, "Now ya lookin' so tight, I'm gonna make ya feel just right, They're never disappointed 'cause they always come back for more, That's right", then I'd rather simply put on something by Spın̈al Tap like "Sex Farm" or "Big Bottom", because at least the Tap is supposed to make you laugh.

Outside of the Spaceman's occasional shwailing guitar riffs, there's not much that is redeeming about this album. The production is meh, the lyrics are head-shockingly bad, and the singing is bar-band poor at best. The cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" seems to have been done solely for the "space cowboy" reference... you know, because Ace is the Spaceman.

Frehley clearly has not evolved as an artist. From artwork to sound this album feels stuck in the past, and is a poor representation of the rock it's supposed to embody.


--Fredy M. Iuni hosts Hiway 1, Mondays at 7:00 PM on CJLO.