Peter Criss – One For All (2007)

Peter Criss - One For All (2007)

Peter Criss – One For All (2007, Silvercat Records)

  1. One For All
  2. Doesn’t Get Better Than This
  3. Last Night
  4. What A Difference A Day Makes
  5. Hope
  6. Faces In The Crowd
  7. Send In The Clowns
  8. Falling All Over Again
  9. Whisper
  10. Heart Behind These Hands
  11. Memories
  12. Space Ace

Musicians:
Peter Criss, Mike McLaughlin, Paul Shaffer, Will Lee, Mark Montague, Clifford Carter

Backup Singers:
Jennifer Johnson, All Boys Choir from the Church of Transfiguration

Producer:
Peter Criss

Total Time – 50:40

Peter Criss official website

Peter Criss has made it well known that his influences range far and wide, from Big Band, Swing, Doo-Wop, Jazz, Rockabilly, and Motown, to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Peter has always told fans and press that his biggest influences came from the likes of Gene Krupa, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett et al. That said, Peter Criss has created an album that touches on all of his influences and styles. If you are looking for a pure Rock album, this isn’t it. It’s mellow, light, more akin to what Peter enjoys rather than what he is well known for.

ONE FOR ALL is inspired by the tragedy in New York City on 9/11/01 (check out the album cover) but it is also an autobiographical piece. Peter puts his heart and soul into the album. The lyrics are insightful and reflective and the music is exceptional. Peter surrounded himself with some of the most professional musicians in the business and it shows in the music, excellent sounds from the piano to the guitar to the drums.

The only problem I have is Peter’s vocals. While Peter has a good raspy Rock voice, his current crooning approach sometimes doesn’t fit the music appropriately. You can also easily pick out the parts where Peter is totally out of tune and/or adds a little extra styling that just doesn’t gel (see ‘Faces In The Crowd’). The effort is certainly there, the heart is definitely in the right place, the ability or quality isn’t in certain songs.

The package is very good. The album artwork was designed by Peter, as was the inner and back photos. I get the “one for all” concept with the Earth and the international flags as a border. What i didn’t notice until I bought the album was the two”L’s” in ALL are the Twin Towers. I’ve had the artwork posted on this site for awhile and I just noticed this! I get the tribute to the victims of 9/11 but what’s with the airplane? Of course, there is the all important autograph that came on the limited edition. I was expecting one of those stamped signatures but this was actually done with a black Sharpie inside the booklet. There is also a gold sticker on the jewel case that reads: “Limited Edition. Individually Hand Signed By The Legendary PETER CRISS.” The booklet also has the full lyrics.

Bottom Line:
I was going to go song by song with this review but I’d really be saying the same thing on all the songs: excellent music, spotty vocals, and the style is more Sinatra than KISS. The style is not what a KISS fan is used to. If you’re looking for KISS, Hard Rock, or even Peter’s solo album from 1978, then you are going to be disappointed. If you are adventurous and can accept the total turnaround in style then you may enjoy this. For me, there’s not enough Rock, it’s too light. Best song on the album: ‘Doesn’t Get Better Than This’. Definitely Peter’s best vocal on the record and his counterpart in Jennifer Johnson is superb. Overall, a good solid effort at doing something he loves. Peter Criss has created an album that comes from the heart and is inspired by all of his influences. It’s definitely not a Rock album but it was never supposed to be in the first place. Of all the latest solo output from the original KISS members, I would rank ONE FOR ALL behind Paul Stanley’s LIVE TO WIN from 2006, and way above Gene Simmons’ ASSHOLE (2004). This album is for Peter Criss diehards, and KISS completists, only.

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15 comments on “Peter Criss – One For All (2007)

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  2. This was a nice review to read but i dont think i will like this album. I b0ught CRISS-CAT 1 when it came out in 1994 at a KISS convencion in Milan(italy) and he was their to sing 3 songs with a KISS cover band and to give autographs. That was cool but i never liked that cd. Also i have OUT OF CONTROL on vinyl and the KISS PETER CRISS solo album but they also didnt do it for me. No, i dont like PETER CRISS music but still, i liked your review. Thanksssssss.

  3. This album was long awaited by true die-hard Peter Criss Fans….I myself am very happy to add it to my Peter Criss collection! The music itself shouldn’t unexpected as far as styling goes….Peter is a big Tony Bennett fan and also he’s at a different stage in his life, he’s older and maturer and this album reflects all of that! Thank You Peter!

  4. Beth – Welcome! I have been a diehard KISS fan since ’77. When any of the current and former members put out ANY product, I’m usually first in line. As far as Peter goes, I give him all the credit in the world for doing what he wanted to do, his way, and for himself. I may not enjoy it as much as someone else but there are parts that i thought were good.

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  6. I do have to say, I wasn’t too crazy with “Send in the Clowns”….But I do have all of Peter’s work and naturally (as with any artist or band) you may not like all of their songs…I was really happy to see that these indeed were signed! I have the poster and other “CRISS” Cat signed things, but as we know they were just pre-prints…but still way cool to have displayed in any Peter Criss
    Collection!

  7. The review for this album is right on. Do not go into this album expecting KISS-esque material. Peter made it clear that the new album would be different. Having that said, I love the album. I think it is a great CD. It is the perfect music to sit and relax to. Thanks, Catman! Did anyone hear on “Rockline” when Peter said he had a Swing/Rock CD he finished last winter that is ready for mixing and release? Alright!

  8. I am a big Peter Criss fan and have a lot of respect for someone that can venture at and do something that is base on what he loves and not what will make him money. There are other members of KI$$ that will do any thing for a buck even stuff some mediocre musicians in to costumes they have no right to wear. Peter Criss pretty much lays out his life in the song Falling All Over. He address his struggles of his past, and illustrates the point he is currently at in his life. No concerns other than doing what is important to him, his wife and the music he loves. Great Job and I hope he doesn’t stop here.

  9. Sean – I agree. Like I said in the review, Peter told the world this would be different and not a Rock album. I give the guy credit for laying it all out there and doing what he wants. Fans need to know what they’re buying because not many rockers I know will appreciate this CD. I did hear about the Swing CD as well as his Rock CD so its good that Peter has some things in the works.

    Big D – Glad you enjoyed the album. I agree, Peter made an akbum from the heart and has done more with this record than other original KISS members have done (except Paul Stanley). I’m looking forward to Peter’s recording future.

  10. I would like to say thanks to all of you who understood and enjoyed what we did on this record. It was very different, but very heartfelt in the writing process. I think this CD will be one that will be appreciated over time, like fine wine. MM

  11. Mike – Thanks for stopping by and chiming in on this release. I have to agree, the album is a grower and it will be more appreciated with time. Peter’s fans (like myself) want new music so badly that this direction is a shock when most expected him to Rock or at least come close to the ’78 solo record. Like I mentioned in the review, if you are looking for a Rock record, this isn’t it. If you’re opened minded and can explore different musical genres, then you’ll appreciate this more.

    Nice to hear from someone who had a hand in creating the record. Welcome and please stop by again.

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  13. no matter what people think of peter criss he always will be the best there is, i get fed up with people askin who’s the better drummer,Criss,Carr or singer. to me it does not matter as each one as their stle of playing drums.singing wise peter is the one who stands out the most he has an unique voice.

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