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The most underrated of Ace's 3 solo album offerings.
on May 29, 1998
With Frehley's Comet dead and buried, Ace was able to capitalize on his own name with Trouble Walkin'. His label finally agreed to drop the "Frehley's Comet" moniker and allow Ace to shine on his own. It really shows here as the songs are more rock driven and not as commercially viable as those from the 2 previous albums. Plus we get to hear the resurrection of Peter Criss who hadn't been heard from in 7 years. Peter shows up on Hide Your Heart, Trouble Walkin' and, most notably, on 2 Young 2 Die. Despite the fact that he looks like a surfer dude a la Jeff Spicoli at this point, it's nice to see and hear from Peter Criss again. The album opens with Shot Full of Rock, one of Ace's heavier numbers and most underrated songs. Do Ya, the old E.L.O. song, measures up nicely to the original. Five Card Stud has a smokin' solo. Hide Your Heart falters a bit, though. KISS' version on Hot In The Shade really outdoes Ace's version but this one is still pretty good. Lost In Limbo is definitely one of the weakest tracks on the album, as is Back To School with Sebastian Bach's screaming in the background. The title track is another good song with a cool anthemic chorus. Hair-metallers Skid Row lend their vocals to the chorus as does Peter Criss which really adds to the song. 2 Young 2 Die lets Peter Criss sing a couple of verses and take a turn behind the kit with some great double bass-action. This is a good song with a good groove to it, especially the rhythm section of John Regan and Peter Criss. Remember Me is Ace's political song. Playing on his "Space Ace" persona, he refers to himself as the omnipotent overseer of the Earth and how we are destroying ourselves. Kind of a cool song and a definite departure from the usual Ace material. Fractured III closes Trouble Walkin' and is the third installment in the "Fractured" trilogy of Ace instrumental pieces. It is equally as ethereal as the other 2 pieces but just isn't as grabbing as Fractur! ed Mirror or Fractured Too. Trouble Walkin' was not a successful album for Ace Frehley which is too bad. It is the most underrated of his 3 studio solo albums and certainly th least commercial. At the time of its release, hair metal by the likes of Winger, Skid Row, Whitesnake and the like dominated the charts. Though my heart still bears a fondness for hair metal, Ace's departure from the commercially successful sort of music that he was producing with Frehley's Comet was a mistake for him at the time. His label was not promoting him properly and the best way for him to get noticed was to stick with the current musical trends. Trouble Walkin' lost Ace's affiliation with a major label and hence he did not release another album before returning to KISS in 1996. Up to this point, he was touring with Peter Criss' band, Criss, on what was labelled The Bad Boys of KISS Tour.