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Ace Frehley

Anomaly

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Twenty years since his last solo release and 30 since, arguably, his last quality release, the Spaceman returns. With Anomaly, the original lead guitarist for KISS unleashes a record that few imagined would ever actually come out of orbit, let alone deliver the goods.

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After at least two years of statements that the album's release was imminent, Ace Frehley proves to all doubters that he not only still has some gas in the tank, but it's rocket fuel. Space Ace explodes from the gate with "Foxy and Free," a straight-up rocker with thick guitars supporting his trademark slurred, Bronx-inflected vocals. For diehard Ace fans, this record will be a revelation. His Les Paul is all over the place; wobbly, soaring solos that inspired hundreds of shredders ever since he first smeared on grease paint and painted his hair silver. Given the mileage, his voice and playing exceed all expectations.

Yes, there are a couple clunkers on the record, but tracks like "Pain in the Neck," the instrumentals "Space Bear" and "Fractured Quantum," and a smoking cover of Sweet's "Fox on the Run" more than make up for them. Finally, a record to flick a lighter and pump a fist to.

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