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Anomaly (Ltd Ed) (Vinyl)

Ace Frehley LP Record
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Ace Frehley is finally ready to add a new exclamation point to his celebrated career. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the legendary guitarist has concocted an explosive new solo effort. Flaunting fiery riffs, pristine production by Marty Fredrickson and jaw-dropping craftsmanship, Anomaly, on Frehley's own Bronx Born Records, ties together the original KISS axeman's trailblazing past, present and future.

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Format:Audio CD
Everybody knows Ace is Ace. He has his own unique style and over the years he has not strayed very far from his roots.

Anomaly bridges the gap between 1978 Frehley and 2009 Frehley. Same great passion and guitar work.

This album makes me compare Ace Frehley to Johnny Thunders. The slower songs remind me of Thunders work after the New York Dolls. Both great New York bad boys of sloppy rock n roll with similar roots who somehow channel emotions through their guitars and nobody can ever truly duplicate their sound. Ace made it out alive but Johnny didn't.

Do yourself a favor and acquire this album....... there's a domestic dispute between a Les Paul and a Marshall Amplifier going on at 2:22 of "Pain In The Neck".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Spaceman Oct. 23 2009
By LeBrain HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - Ace is back! Dec 20 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you are a long time Kiss fan, its hard not to root for the Space Ace. Its obvious Kiss was never the same after he left, but he didn't exactly create a monster legacy out of his solo works. Outside of the Kiss branded solo albums of 1978, Ace had sporadic success (during the 80's) with some quality songs hidden on mediocre albums.

Having lost many years of creative output to the bottle, its great to see Ace back in fine form. I saw him live in April of 08, so I knew he wouldn't embarrass himself with this release.

A slightly uneven CD, Anomaly reinforces what we already know about Ace. He knows how to write catchy rock songs and is a great guitarist. This CD isn't a vehicle for him to self indulge with bombastic guitar solos. Instead, his guitar work compliments the songs. Here is my breakdown of Anomaly:

Bad:

- Pain in the Neck. Yeesh. Sounds like an 80's B-side stinker.

Ok:

- The insrumentals. 'Space Bear' being the best. But I've never understood all the adulation for his 'Fractured' series of instrumentals.
- The cover tune. 'Fox on the Run' is fun but lacked energy. Doesn't come close to his best covers: New York Groove and Do Ya'.

Awesome:

- Ace's singing voice. Ok, hear me out, this isn't about range or being a charismatic front man. Simply put, his voice is distinctly Ace and it refuses to age. You'd never guess the guy was in his late 50's.

- Hard driving rockers. Foxy & Free, Outer Space, and Sister. Sister contains a perfect, signature Ace Frehley guitar solo. Loved it.

- Mid tempo, introspective pop/rock songs. Change the World, Little Below the Angels (ya i know its crazy cheesy at the end), and Its a Great Life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Ace Frehley has announced a new solo album since 1996; it's been a long time since. Then the KISS reunion happened and it was postponed until latter. After the tour Ace was quiet about the album but it seems he still worked on it all these years. Then in late 2008 that it was almost done in the mixing process and that it was to be released soon. Latter the "Anomaly" title was give, quite cool title by the way and finally it has arrived on Sept 14 2009, quite a few years after it was first announced. But you know what? That's okay with Ace we knew we were going to get something that was worth it, and he wouldn't disappoint us. For any fan of Ace; you know this he always delivered: with KISS, when he went solo and he still delivers now.

The hilarious cheap made add for the album was enough for me to buy this album, that and the few clips of songs I heard. It sounded like Ace was back and rocked big time and this album does just that; it rocks big time! His voice sounds very much the same as it did even back during the 70s except it has that something in his voice that only someone who's been around for a long time, confidence. His guitar playing is also top-notch, great riffs and even better solos, he doesn't try to be too complicated or sound too current he just does his thing and that's it.

Foxy and Free opens up the album in a good way, heavier than usual for Ace and I quite like the sound of it, this song is straight forward rocker and a great song. Outer Space the next song was the first song I heard of the album and I love it, read the lyrics; it's pure Ace, the song makes you rock hard. Fox on the Run is a cover of the same song by the band Sweet, his cover is really good, another great song, the echo at the beginning is a nice effect.
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