HGR CD Review: StarChild

(King of Nite) On their first album, Volume 1, Harrisburg's StarChild established that they were touched by a Kiss, blending covers of '70s era Kiss classics with original songs unapologetically rooted in that same '70s classic Kiss vein.  (Her Amazing Grace) On their second set, Volume 2, StarChild again proudly displays their Kiss influence with more Kiss-rooted original songs and updates of Kiss classics, but they also include some surprises on the disc's eleven tracks.  (One More for the Road) The voice and presentation of singer, guitarist and ringleader Jerry Martin again could convince listeners that he is the long-lost and forgotten brother of Kiss' Paul Stanley.  And Jerry's knack for emulating '70s era Kiss strongly informs his songcraft on several original Kiss-like anthems, such as - "One More for the Road."  (Beth) Jerry and StarChild also tip their hat to their chief influence with the fleshed-out update of Kiss' legendary ballad "Beth," along with a resurrection of Kiss' Hotter Than Hell deep cut "Comin' Home," and a rendition of Ace Frehley's solo hit "New York Groove."  (Crimson & Clover) The remainder of Volume 2 presents a few surprises, though; here, bassist Sharon Starr flexes her vocal cords on a cover of a cover, giving her spin on the Joan Jett twist on Tommy James' "Crimson &Clover."  (Take Away My Heart) Here StarChild presents an original ballad, "Take Away My Heart," with a chous that borrows a little from Alice Cooper's late '70s hit "I Never Cry."  (Get Ready) And StarChild celebrates Motown to close the disc, with this rocking rendition of Smoky Robinson's "Get Ready."  (I'm Forever Young) As with their first disc, StarChild sinks full heart and passion into the songs on Volume 2.  Jerry Martin's vocals are enthusiastic, and his delivery is spirited and in the moment, not contrived or forced.  (Twisted Star) Produced by Jerry and engineered by Derek Euston in Harrisburgh's Green Room Studio, this album again sounds appropriately raw and comparable to those legendary '70s-era Kiss albums.  (New York Groove) StarChild leaves no doubt about what band they pay homage to on Volume 2; but by stepping outside their Kiss-like persona for a few songs, they show that they are not just a one-trick pony.  To obtain this CD, visit StarChild's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StarChildBand.