Ace Frehley might be listed as a KISS album, but anyone who is a regular listener of the band knows that this particular album is all Ace. Released simultaneously with Paul Stanley, Peter Criss, and Gene Simmons in September of 1978, Ace Frehley proved to be the most popular and best-selling of all four of the KISS solo projects. Why? Not because it was the most KISS sounding album of the lot (Paul Stanley). Not because it had the most experimental songs (Gene Simmons). Not even because it was entirely different than anything KISS has ever put out (Peter Criss).
No, this album was the best because it was Frehley at his best. He wasn't fenced into the constraints of the KISS sound. He didn't have to have a sleazy song on the album (which, I admittedly love about KISS), nor did he have to fit any slower songs like Beth or Then She Kissed Me on the album. This was straight-ahead hard rock. Even the cover of Hello's New York Groove had a bit of an edge to it.
Frehley's guitar work is simply brilliant on this album. Rip It Out, Snowblind, Ozone, Wiped-Out, and Fractured Mirror all showcase just how great Frehley really is on the strings.
If you enjoy hard rock in the same vein as bands like Motley Crue, Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath, or AC/DC, you're sure to enjoy Ace Frehley. It's the best of the KISS solo albums, as well as one of the best KISS albums overall.