Anomaly (Ace Frehley album)

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Anomaly
Studio album by Ace Frehley
Released September 15, 2009
Recorded 2007–2009 in Frehley's Home Studio, Westchester County, NY; Schoolhouse Studios, New York City, NY[1]
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 54:13
Label Bronx Born Records
Producer Ace Frehley, Marti Frederiksen
Ace Frehley chronology
Greatest Hits Live
(2006)
Anomaly
(2009)
Space Invader
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Metal Temple 7/10 stars[3]
Sleaze Roxx [4]

Anomaly is the fifth solo album by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, released on September 15, 2009.[5] It is his first album of new studio material since 1989's Trouble Walkin'. Frehley produced most of the album himself, with Marti Frederiksen producing the Sweet cover "Fox on the Run".[1] The album is dedicated to Kiss drummer Eric Carr, Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, and Les Paul. The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard 200,[6] number 20 on the Swedish album chart and number 52 on the German chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ace Frehley, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Foxy & Free"     3:43
2. "Outer Space"   Jesse Mendez, David Askew, Frehley 3:48
3. "Pain in the Neck"     4:18
4. "Fox on the Run"   Andy Scott, Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Mick Tucker 3:34
5. "Genghis Khan"     6:08
6. "Too Many Faces"     4:22
7. "Change the World"     4:11
8. "Space Bear"     5:24
9. "A Little Below the Angels"     4:17
10. "Sister"     4:48
11. "It's a Great Life"     4:00
12. "Fractured Quantum"     6:19

Tracks recorded and/or mentioned which didn't make it on the album[edit]

  1. "Laurado"
  2. "Skels"
  3. "(You Make It) Hard for Me"
  4. "Hard for You"
  5. "Steamroller"
  6. "The Pursuit of Rock 'n' Roll"
  7. "The King Is Kong"

Personnel[edit]

  • Ace Frehley – lead vocals, lead guitar, additional bass on tracks 2, 5, 9, 11, and 12
  • Anthony Esposito – bass
  • Anton Fig – drums, percussion on all tracks except 4, 10, and 12
  • Derrek Hawkins – rhythm guitar on track 2
  • Scot Coogan – drums, percussion on track 10, background vocals on 3 and 10
  • Marti Frederiksen – keyboards, additional bass and rhythm guitar on 4 and 9, drums on 12
  • Brian Tichy – drums on track 4
  • Frank Munoz - Associate Producer [8]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2009 The Billboard 200[9] 27
Independent Albums[9] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 20

Marketing[edit]

Ace Frehley's official website and YouTube channel released a promo commercial for the album. In the commercial, a boy is outside a sound studio, telling a girl that he has been waiting for the new album for over a year. Their uncle, who is sporting a mullet and wearing a Trouble Walkin' t-shirt, tells them he's been waiting for 20 years. Suddenly, from out of a thick cloud of smoke, Frehley on a Chopper appears. He makes a hitchhiking-like gesture (which was used in the Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park film when using his transportation powers), magically giving the trio copies of the CD. He then lets out an "Ack!" (another reference to the aforementioned film in that it was his common catch phrase) before riding out.

The CD cover folds into a pyramid. Another version of the CD included a temporary tattoo. Anomaly has also been pressed on limited copies of vinyl records.

The track "Outer Space" is a downloadable song for the Rock Band series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Graff, Gary. "Ace Frehley Talks New Album, Anomaly". billboard.com. September 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Allmusic". 
  3. ^ Grigoris Chronis (September 30, 2009). "Album: Ace Frehley, Anomaly, (Season Of Mist)". Metal Temple. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sleaze Roxx: Ace Frehley – Anomaly". sleazeroxx.com. Retrieved August 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ Prato, Greg (July 16, 2009). "Ace Frehley: Ready for Solo LP Anomaly, But Not a Kiss Reunion". Rolling Stone. RealNetworks, Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Billboard 200 Week of October 3, 2009". Billboard. Nielsen SoundScan. Retrieved September 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ace Frehley: Video Footage Of Vintage Vinyl Signing Session Posted Online". Blabbermouth. September 28, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ace Frehley - Anomaly (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard/AllMusic Artist Chart History – Ace Frehley". Retrieved October 26, 2009. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Ace Frehley – Anomaly". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved May 15, 2011.