Anomalyby Ace Frehley
When all four original members of Kiss released solo albums in 1978, critics and fans alike hailed lead guitarist Ace Frehley's disc as the best of the bunch. Additionally, Frehley was the only one to score a genuine hit (an energetic cover of Hello's "Back in the New York Groove"). Though the Bronx-born guitarist/singer found limited post-Kiss chart success with his band Frehley's Comet, he seemed to have trouble following through on the creative promise of Ace Frehley or classic Frehley-penned Kiss tracks such as "Shock Me" and "Hard Times." 2009's Anomaly, however, surprised even longtime supporters with its forceful, confident performances and sharp songwriting. Mixing Kiss' tight '70s hard rock sound with a bit of '80s pop-metal tunefulness and aughts-style bone-crushing stoner metal-esque guitars, the album remade a case for Frehley as one of rock's most potent, soulful axe slingers. The hard-grooving "Pain in the Neck" and opening track "Foxy & Free" (which briefly references Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady") are both classic "Spaceman," matching thick power chords with blistering, slightly sloppy solos, blunt yet emotionally direct lyrics, and vocals as quintessentially New York City-sounding as the rumbling of the subway. Elsewhere, Frehley branches out a bit, going for a Middle Eastern-by-way-of-Led Zeppelin flavor on the throbbing "Genghis Kahn," and showing off his surprisingly dexterous acoustic guitar chops on the six-minute-plus, prog-ish instrumental epic "Fractured Quantum." For all of Anomaly's ambition and exciting hard rock though, the album's most poignant moment is the simple ballad "A Little Below the Angels," a soul-searching look at Frehley's history of drug and alcohol addiction and his subsequent path to recovery. In the hands of a lesser artist, the song's frank lyrics and spoken word interlude might be unbearably cheesy, but Frehley's disarming honesty and relaxed feel make it just one highlight of an astonishing return to form.
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Performance CreditsAce Frehley Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Anton Fig Drums
Marti Frederiksen Percussion,Strings,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Brian Tichy Drums
Anthony Esposito Bass,Bass Guitar
Rich Tozzoli Overdubs
Pearl Aday Background Vocals
Scott Coogan Drums,Background Vocals,yodeling
Derrek Hawkins Rhythm Guitar
Kari Kimmel Background Vocals
Technical CreditsAce Frehley Composer,Special Effects,Producer
Marti Frederiksen Producer,Engineer
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Frank Munoz Text,Creative Consultant
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To all the ace/kiss/rock fans, Being a 30+ year devoted Ace/ Kiss fan I will tell you I listened to this with an open mind not ready to love it just because it was Ace's music. This album is sensational proving that Ace has evolved over the years unlike his bandmates (Gene and Paul - I can't get over the Tommy thing -get him out of Ace's makeup and change it up)Off topic... I have to start with "Fractured Quantum", the piece that touches my inner core everytime I hear it. It is beautiful - the most brilliant of the songs in the fractured series. He completely rocks like the old days but in a new way with "Pain in the Neck" -listen to the meter and minor to major key changes in the middle before his signature style solo. This is one of my top songs, but there is no way I can pick a favorite. "Sister", "Space Bear", Foxy and Free" these three also just take you back to our younger days with Ace but at the same time the songs are current and modern. Who can do that these days? I can't leave out the cover of "Fox on the Run" -brings me back to his cover of "Do Ya" Blast from the past. Love his retrospective, "Little Below the Angels" and I adore "Change the World" - want to arrange this for my children's choirs. There is SO much more but those are my thoughts on some of the tracks. No one will read this if it's too long:) Every song has something special. Ace deserves a grammy nominee for coming back with an album like this after 20 years. Buy it - enjoy it - love it- adore it...
Wow!... I hope I can say that again. Wow!... As the headline above states, the awesomeness flows throughout this album. I have to say I was slightly reserved on this upcoming album. While I am a fan of Ace's '78 KISS solo and first Frehley's Comet album, Ace's later works alternated between very good and sometimes average at best work. This album though launches Ace back into the stratosphere. I honestly could not find a track I did not enjoy. This is in some ways a journey back to Ace's 1978 KISS solo album, but with a twist. It is new, exciting and refreshing, unlike some of the recycled garbage that some rockers are putting out nowadays (we won't name any names here). This album has everything needed to make a solid music feast; killer riffs, cool vocals, raw energy, from the heart and soul lyrics and much more. For a thrill a minute, from the heavy rockers "Foxy and Free" and "Outer Space", to the expertly done and soulful "A Little Below The Angels", to the superb Instrumental "Fractured Quantum", this is a must have for not only Ace Frehley and KISS fans, but those wanting to enjoy some GREAT new Rock & Roll. From one of the top guitarists of our time, a definite classic!