Evaluation: Kiss star man Paul Stanley exhibits an entire lotta soul | Leisure

This cover photo published by uDiscover shows “Now And Then” by Paul Stanley’s Soul Station.


From WAYNE PARRY Associated Press

Paul Stanley’s soul ward “Now and then” (uDiscover)

The love rifles were all unloaded and safely holstered, and this time Detroit is a city of the soul, not a rock city, as Paul Stanley, ringleader of the four-ring circus known as Kiss, pays homage to the classic soul on a new solo album.

The starry singer and guitarist covers some of the greatest soul songs ever written, and with that in mind, he is writing five new tracks.

It can surprise, if not shock, many Kiss fans. But then they accepted Peter Criss’ orchestral ballad “Beth” and (a lot) had nothing against it when Gene Simmons reported on the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star”.

There is no arena rock here. Crooning and Falsetto abound in The Spinners’ “Could I Fall In Love”; The Temptations’ “Just My Imagination”; and Smokey Robinson’s “The Tracks of My Tears”. He even keeps the electric sitar on The Stylistics’ You Are Everything.

And not since Barack Obama sang a few bars of it, there has been a more unexpected cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”.

Some of Stanley’s originals are pretty good too, and would have had a good chance of becoming AM radio hits in the ’70s, including “Save Me” and “When You’re Ready”.