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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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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.
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:
- Pain in the Neck. Yeesh. Sounds like an 80's B-side stinker.
- 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'.
- 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.Read more ›
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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I gave this cd a five star because firstly Ace has come back from the dead. He has curbed his addictions, left Kiss again and focused on himself. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2010 by John A. Buchanan