Space Invader (album)

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Space Invader
AceFrehleySpaceInvader.png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2014
Recorded2014, The Creation Lab
(Turlock, California)[1]
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelE1 Music
ProducerAce Frehley
Ace Frehley chronology
Anomaly
(2009)
Space Invader
(2014)
Origins, Vol. 1
(2016)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic57/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth(8/10)[4]
Metal Talk4.5/5 stars[5]
Paste(7.8/10)[6]
Record Collector3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[8]
PopMatters(4/10)[9]

Space Invader is the sixth solo album by former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley, released on August 19, 2014 via eOne Music.[10] It is his first album of new studio material since 2009's Anomaly. Frehley self-produced the album, which was recorded at The Creation Lab in Turlock, California.

On its release, the album reached No. 9 on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[11] the only time a solo album from a past or current Kiss member has ever attained a US top 10 album position.

Album artwork[edit]

The cover art for Space Invader was painted by fantasy artist Ken Kelly, notable for painting the cover art for the Kiss albums Destroyer in 1976 and Love Gun in 1977. Of the project, Kelly said "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace. I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace's continuing successful career!"[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ace Frehley, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Space Invader" 4:17
2."Gimme a Feelin'" (radio edit)Frehley, Ostrosky3:54
3."I Wanna Hold You"Frehley, Rubin, Basco3:32
4."Change"Frehley, Gordon4:08
5."Toys" 4:09
6."Immortal Pleasures"Frehley, Gordon5:05
7."Inside the Vortex" 4:40
8."What Every Girl Wants" 3:46
9."Past the Milky Way"Frehley, Cassone5:31
10."Reckless" 4:12
11."The Joker"Miller, Curtis, Ertegün3:35
12."Starship" 7:03
Deluxe edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Space Invader" (radio edit)Frehley3:18
14."Gimme a Feelin'" (explicit)Frehley, Ostrosky4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Ace Frehley – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Composer, Engineer, Overdubs, Producer, Sound Effects, Vocals (Background)
  • Matt Starr – Drums, Percussion, Vocals (Background)
  • Chris Wyse – Bass
  • Phil Allen - Assistant, Assistant Engineer, Vocals (Background)
  • Adam Ayan - Mastering
  • Sebastian Basco - Composer
  • Chris Cassone - Composer, Vocals (Background)
  • Eddie Curtis - Composer
  • Ahmet Ertegun - Composer
  • Mike Everett - Engineer, Tracking
  • Rachael Gordon - Vocals (Background)
  • Rachel Gordon - Composer
  • Mark Green - Tracking
  • Mark Greene - Engineer
  • Paul Grosso - Creative Director, Design
  • Ken Gullic - Producer, Vocals (Background)
  • Warren Huart - Engineer, Mixing, Overdubs, Producer, Vocals (Background)
  • Ken Kelly - Cover Painting
  • Ronnie Mancuso - Overdubs
  • Ronnie Mancuso - Engineer, Overdubs, Producer, Tracking, Vocals (Background)
  • Steve Miller - Composer
  • John Ostrosky - Composer
  • Gen Rubin - Composer
  • Larry Russell - Engineer
  • Larry Russell - Overdubs
  • Alex Salzman - Engineer, Keyboards, Overdubs, Tracking
  • Jayme Thornton - Photography

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 59
Canadian Albums (Billboard Canadian)[15] 16
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 42
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[17] 88
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 28
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[19] 158
UK Rock Albums (Official Charts Company) 15
US Albums (Billboard 200) 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ace Frehley Releases 'Gimme A Feelin Single From 'Space Invader' Album; Audio Stream Available". Blabbermouth.net. May 29, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Space Invader - Ace Frehley". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  3. ^ "AllMusic".
  4. ^ "Blabbermouth".
  5. ^ "Metal Talk".
  6. ^ "Paste".
  7. ^ "Record Collector".
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone".
  9. ^ "Pop Matters".
  10. ^ Giles, Jeff (July 10, 2014). "Ace Frehley Reveals Space Invader Track Listing". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "ACE FREHLEY's 'Space Invader' Cracks U.S. Top 10". Blabbermouth.net. August 27, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Ace Frehley reunites with Ken Kelly for Space Invader Cover Art". EntertainmentOne. May 30, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  13. ^ "Space Invader Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  14. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 1 September 2014" (PDF) (1279). Pandora Archive. September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  15. ^ "Ace Frehley Canadian Chart History".
  16. ^ "Ace Frehley: Space Invader" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  17. ^ "スペース・インヴェイダー" (in Japanese). Oricon ME inc. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ace Frehley – Space Invader". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CHART: CLUK Update 14.08.2014 (wk34)". Zobbel. Retrieved 30 August 2014.