Ace Frehley review by KISS

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1978
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (25 votes)
KISS: Ace Frehley

Sound — 10
I love this album, Ace Frehley has been known for some great songwriting throughout Kiss with songs such as Cold Gin and Shock Me. And this album is so much better than the songs he wrote with Kiss. Let's put it this way, The Foo Fighters are an awesome band right? Well they covered an Ace Frehley song off this album called Ozone, that's just how good Ace Frehley is. His sound is supreme, it's with the times and it's classy and alike Gene and Peter he covered a song on this album and did one hell of a job with it too. If you look at the way Ace and Peter were going in kiss with alcohol and drugs it's amazing how Peters album was a disaster were as Aces was a success. The only problem with this success was the whole I can write songs part, this got to Ace's head and quit the band in '82. But nevertheless his sound on this album is a ten hands down.

Lyrics — 9
For the lyrics I'm going to give Ace a 9, it would be a 10 but he did cover New York Groove so it's a 9. Since we're on the subject of New York Groove let me just say what a great job he had done with that song. In the version on the album it's so typical Ace, gritty vocals, gritty distortion but marvelous outcome. He plays it so well live and even throws in a guitar solo for good measure which would have made this album so much better if he had just played the god damn guitar solo on the track. I think even though it had no lyrics Fractured Mirror was a great song, and I think he tried to recreate this song on his solo album Frehley's Comet (I've reviewed that as well, check out my reviews for that album), with the song Fractured Too. I think his masterpiece on this album though is Rip It Out. That song send quivers down my spine every single time I hear it, it's that good also Wiped-Out is a good song which him and drummer Anton Fig (later played the drums on the song Shandi on Unmasked for Kiss) wrote together. Also Ace has done some awesome arrangements on this album and the transition between vocals and guitar playing link in so

Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression on this album is amazing, if their was an 11 this album would get it as it shows just how versatile of a lyricist Ace Frehley can be, not to mention his awesome guitar playing, it might not be sweep picking and two handed tapping but it's a good sweaty rock album. This album has an uncanny resemblance to his latter solo album Frehley's Comet with songs such as Rock Soldiers telling you how his life had changed due to drugs and alcohol. The most impressive songs to pick of this album are Rip It Out for its sheer brilliance, New York Groove for being one of the best covers I have ever heard and Fractured Mirror for being such a good instrumental. If this album were lost or stolen I would definitely go out and but it again as it is a superb album.

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    Great review of a great album. I miss him but I do like his new solo album.