Records - Ash (3 stars)


Twilight of the Innocents (Infectious)


Ash hit their creative peak blending pure pop and adrenaline rock with the near-flawless Free All Angels in 2001, so, after the heads-down metal reaction of 2004’s Meltdown, where next? Back to basics, it seems, the band ditching Charlotte Hatherley and returned to a three-piece, with mixed results. Most bands would kill for the riffage of opener ‘I Started a Fire’ or the blistering chorus of ‘You Can’t Have it All’, but Tim Wheeler’s incredible songwriting history is a rod for his own back, and too much here pales in comparison to Ash’s extraordinary back catalogue. Some killer, but too much filler.

(Doug Johnstone)

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