The press release for this album touted it as the first new Missing Persons songs in 25 years. While that may be true in a way, it’s far from a full-fledged reunion project. Only singer Dale Bozzio was a part of this recording, which was written and performed by producer Billy Sherwood. Sherwood’s credits include an intermittent membership in Yes and producing William Shatner.
Regardless of whether or not this should ethically be billed as Missing Persons, it is a collection of songs that any Missing Persons fan will love. Sherwood’s drumming isn’t quite up to par with the band’s original drummer, Terry Bozzio, but his synth and guitar sounds will have you thinking it’s 1982 all over again.
“Do Or Die” is the album’s snappy first single, and Dale Bozzio proves that her vocal cords are far from rusty. While the bulk of the tunes recall the band’s frantic new wave sound, there are a few nice change-ups. “All the Way” is a pretty knock-off of Pet Shop Boys’ “West End Girls,” and “Siren Song” is a nice bit of mid-tempo reggae. All in all, “Missing In Action” is better than most similar comeback records.