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1) I am as hard-core a Kiss fan as they come, having joined the ranks of the Kiss Army in 1976 upon the release of "Destroyer."
2) I am a professional musician, having earned a PhD in composition as well as being a percussionist.
There! Now that that's out of the way, my opinion shouldn't matter any more than anyone ELSE'S out there. Because ultimately, you'll decide on your own whether on not you think "One For All" is a worthwhile CD. As far as I'm concerned, I think this is a touching and honest release from Peter, perhaps the most codified collection of songs he's ever released. A few particulars:
1) Peter's singing: he's not all over the place in terms of intonation...far from it. I think Peter has a good ear, and his vocal performance is solid and heartfelt. Sometimes the timbre of Peter's voice is a little flat, without any of the interesting throatiness of Paul or the growling quality of Gene. And, much of the time he sings from his throat, which can make him sound strained in higher registers. But he really explores his low voice on the album, especially on the great Sondheim cover "Send in the Clowns." If you accuse Peter of being out of tune, you need to level the same accusation at singers from John Lennon to Janis Joplin.
2) Peter's drumming: I've never understood complaints about Peter's drumming, from other fans or from Gene. Look, if Pete needed someone to pound a cardboard box to keep him on-tempo during the recording of "Rock & Roll Over," then how could he play all those concerts WITHOUT that?Read more ›
Peter wrote what he liked, sang the way he sings and released and album that is not something you will find anywhere else. You will know it's Peter Criss.
When I first heard the snipits, I was like, what the heck is that? But I waited. I don't want to get disappointed until I heard the whole thing.
When the CD arrived, I put it in the CD player and slapped on the headphones to give it an honest listen. After three listens I was hooked. Why? Because it's honest. It's real. It's not over produced like his last release was, like Stanley's or Simmon's. It's the real Peter Criss there, not a computer. That's why I like it.
I grew up in the 70's when stuff was real and there was no such thing as protools. So no matter if the pitch is perfect, or the lyrics don't meet your standards, it's from the heart, it's real and it's honest. Britney Spears could learn a thing or two here.
I haven't stopped listening to it. The songs stick in my head and I can't get them out. They're catchy tunes and quality tunes. I'm glad I bought this album. Peter captures an era here that has long since passed. I'm glad he did.
He's coming out with two more, so this is only the first. As I understand it, we'll here rock and swing! Can you imagine that? What we here from the others? The same old tired stuff.Read more ›
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This album was very strange , i dont think Peter Criss took his time to write this one. I do believe he rushed this album to get out to the marketin storesPublished 13 months ago by Anthony Eichacker
Im a huge Peter fan. Some songs are great here, some are so so. Mellow music. I respect him for playing and writing the kind of music he enjoys. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ethan Harris
I love Peter's voice........and this Ballads are great ! Would be cool too when he bring out his Rock-Album !Published 23 months ago by Mr. Blackwell
You can't go wrong if you like Peter's other albums. This one is definitely not a "rocker", but it's quite a pleasant listen. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Bokeithus
Love this guy & everything he has done besides this. Absolute trash, off-key, & horribly written / executed. Simply a waste of money.Published on November 26, 2012 by Allthingsmc
Let me start with an ice-breaker question: Has a former member of KISS ever covered a song that Barry Manilow also recorded? Okay, you can get back to reality. Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Jeffrey C. Reynolds