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Album Review: Ace Frehley - Space Invader

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Ace Frehley - Space Invader

Written by Dave Smiles


Ace Frehley only knows a couple of scales and a handful of chords but he’s never been short on ideas of how to use what’s in his arsenal. There are faster, more technical, players but very few can squeeze more emotion out of a single note than our favourite space-man. Not only that, he’s part of a dying breed of musicians who has lived the rock n roll life and survived to tell the tale.

This new solo album doesn’t seek to break any new ground, nor should it. You’re not going to get down tuned guitars and dub step beats. It has its roots firmly planted in the seventies and eighties without sounding tired and clichéd. Ace does what he does, but he now seems more accomplished as a song writer and a human being, with a lifetime of experience to draw upon lyrically and a genuine love for rock n roll displayed in his guitar playing.

The album kicks off with the title track. After a quick drum intro, and a cool solo, some punchy chords ring out and we hear a familiar voice. Whatever universes Ace is taking us to we can be assured we’re in safe hands.

Our journey continues further into the galaxy of rock n roll with Gimmie a Feelin’, a straight up rocker that could have easily been on Frehley’s first solo album back in 1978. I Wanna Hold You is instantly catchy with its chorus and riffs; not to mention the solo (of course). This track reminds me of what I always liked about Ace’s songs - The riffs have space to breathe and often mirror the vocals. Simple rock, but a great roll.

We’re now heading back in time with Change, Immortal Pleasures and Inside The Vortex, which all reflect on struggles with addictions, coming to terms with things and how life changes throughout the years.

After all the time spent reflecting and observing the past, we have to remember that this is still a rock n roll spaceship, and it’s time to party on ‘Planet Fun’. Toys and What Every Girl Wants both contain those smirk inducing lyrics that always complement dirty guitar riffs so well.

The songs Past The Milky Way and Reckless take the foot off warp speed and let us cruise through a more laid back solar system, just enjoying things as they come. And rounding out the trip is the faithful cover of The Steve Miller Band classic - The Joker. It’s one of those tracks that we all know the lyrics to, and they certainly apply well to Ace Frehley.

Our travels through the galaxies end with the instrumental Starship. A great track that can hold up against Fractured Mirror from the Ace Frehley solo album. You’re going to be nodding along to this one.

Overall, this album isn’t going to earn Ace any new fans, but those of old are sure to enjoy it.

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