In a show-biz gesture only Ringling Bros. might fully endorse, the newly reunited ringmasters of rock attempt to satisfy ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages with "Psycho Circus," a radio-ready carnival that too infrequently harkens back to KISS' shock-rock heyday.
Save for a handful of old-style stompers, most of the record is an unfocused melange of Beatles-esque psychedelia, '80s hair-metal, pseudo-grunge and sub-"Beth" piano balladry, turned out by what sounds like a supporting sideshow of session musicians. Their presence makes the record's status as a reunion disc a scam of Barnum-like proportions, even though the "returning" Ace Frehley and Peter Criss fuel the hilariously ironic, group-therapy bitch-fest "You Wanted the Best."
The nearly absent Frehley -- the only member who still seems to prefer working without a net -- performs the one feat of derring-do on the goofy romp "Into the Void." Any circus has its high and low moments, but this one makes you sit through too many trained-pigeon acts while you wait for the fire-eaters you paid to see.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.