Much like Kiss, Ace Frehley returns in 2009 with an album that is hyped as "the best thing since the 70's". And, much like Kiss, that is both true and untrue. Read on!
I love Ace, always have, but his solo work is so infrequent. Ace himself hyped this album as the closest thing to his 1978 solo debut. It's not. It has certain qualities in common, such as the sheer quality of the songs and the fact that Ace sings every song himself. (Previous albums had Tod Howarth and Richie Scarlet singing as well.) However the sound is drastically different and very 2009. The guitars are heavy and chunky, metallic slabs of heavy coming right at you. Check first single "Outer Space" to see what I mean. That classic Les Paul sound is scarce on Anomaly.
I do like the album. Some songs are weak ("Pain In The Neck") but some songs are just pure awesomeness wrapped up in a ball of lightning! Check out "Genghis Khan", his cover of "Fox On The Run" (reminded me of when he did "Do Ya"), or "Foxy & Free". It may not sound like 1978 as Ace suggested, but it sounds great!
I also have a soft spot for the autobiographical ballad, "A Little Below The Angels".
Ace produces. Anton Fig plays drums on some songs, and Anthony Esposito (Lynch Mob) plays bass on a few. Great players. Ace is shredding. It's like he knew he had something to prove. And he did!
Four stars. Not quite perfect. Every bit as good as the Kiss album, but very different from it too.