Gary Graff (from Billboard.com)
Ace Frehley intends his new "Anomaly," the former Kiss guitarist's first set of new material in 20 years, to "kind of pick up where I left off with my first solo album" -- 1978's "Ace Frehley," which was recorded and released during Kiss' commercial zenith.
"Prior to going into the studio, I listened to that first album, which everybody cites as their favorite Ace record," Frehley tells Billboard.com. "I dissected it and tried to get into the same mind set this time around. I think I recaptured some of the musical textures and attitude and vibe that I had on that first record."
Frehley recorded "Anomaly" -- due out Sept. 15, on the third anniversary of his sobriety -- at Schoolhouse Studios in New York and at his home studio in Westchester, N.Y. He produced all but one of the album's 12 tracks -- Marti Frederiksen, who mixed the album with Anthony Fox, helmed a cover of Sweet's "Fox on the Run" that was suggested by Frehley's stylist (and also features Meat Loaf's daughter Pearl Aday on backing vocals). The album's first single, "Outer Space," is already out, and "Anomaly" also includes a track called "Fractured Quantum," which completes a "Fractured" trilogy that Frehley began with "Fractured Mirror" on "Ace Frehley" and continued with "Fractured Too" on 1987's "Frehley's Comet."