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Frehley, Ace - Anomaly

Frehley, Ace

Record Label: Bronx Born Records
Review by Sal Serio
October 2009

After a 20 year absence, “Space” Ace Frehley is back with a new solo album! ‘Anomaly’s Sept. 15 release date marks three years since the notorious drinker has been clean and sober. Some artists lose their edge once they’ve cleaned up their act, but Frehley is back with a vengeance.

This CD just screams ROCK ‘N ROLL with the levels hitting red while Ace and band take no prisoners! The primary musical purveyors here are just the spaceman and longtime drummer Anton Fig with contributions from members of Ace’s 2008 touring band, Anthony Esposito, Derrick Hawkins, and Scot Coogan.

‘Anomaly’s first single is the appropriately titled “Outer Space” which ought to be hitting the playlist hard on hard rock radio around the world… it’s brutal! The endearing thing here is a balls-out new-rock mentality mixing with the poppy metal songwriting that Frehley has always been known for, providing the perfect spacewalk from the past to the present.

My personal faves from ‘Anomaly’ are the instrumental-heavy cuts “Space Bear”, “Genghis Kahn”, and “Fractured Quantum”, ripe with Ace’s trademark string bending acrobatics… stuff we know to expect from the spaceman, like toggle switch stutter and blistering triplets. However, there are also plenty of subtleties and acoustic moments within. Ace is back and I told you so!

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