Anomaly (Ace Frehley album)

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Anomaly
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
Recorded2007–2009
StudioFrehley's Home Studio, Westchester County, NY; Schoolhouse Studios, New York City, NY[1]
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
Length54:13
LabelBronx Born Records
ProducerAce Frehley, Marti Frederiksen
Ace Frehley chronology
Trouble Walkin'
(1989)
Anomaly
(2009)
Space Invader
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Metal Temple7/10 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]

Marketing[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

Anomaly, wrote longtime Kiss supporter Geoff Barton, "is full of the Spaceman's signature charms: guitar playing that teeters on the brink of disintegration; gobby Bronx attitude; shout-it-out-loud vocals; songwriting skills that veer between brilliant and blundering. If Kiss's new album Sonic Boom is a slickly realised summation of the band's heritage, then Anomaly is the exact opposite: it's Ace at his most idiosyncratic, vulnerable, prankish, calamitous and, yes, cataclysmic."[8]


Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ace Frehley, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Foxy & Free" 3:43
2."Outer Space"Jesse Mendez, David Askew, Frehley3:48
3."Pain in the Neck" 4:18
4."Fox on the Run"Andy Scott, Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Mick Tucker3:34
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

Other songs[edit]

Tracks recorded and/or not on the album

  1. "Laurado"
  2. "Skels" - Became Space Bear
  3. "Hard for Me" - Became Foxy & Free
  4. "Steamroller"
  5. "The Pursuit of Rock 'n' Roll" - Later released on Frehley's 2018 album Spaceman
  6. "The King Is Kong" - Became Genghis Khan

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 [10]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2009 The Billboard 200[11] 27
Independent Albums[11] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[12] 20


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. Archived from the original on September 3, 2011. Retrieved August 6, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. ^ Barton, Geoff: "Reviews"; Classic Rock #138, November 2009, p91
  9. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ace-frehley-to-release-expanded-deluxe-edition-of-anomaly-in-september/
  10. ^ "Ace Frehley - Anomaly (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Billboard/AllMusic Artist Chart History – Ace Frehley". Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  12. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Ace Frehley – Anomaly". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved May 15, 2011.