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  • Audio CD (5 Aug. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00004SEZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Can't say I remember much about the film, but the music is great! Think synthesis of the likes of bt and St Etienne. The nicer side of techno/trance with a bit of D&B thrown in. I like it. You might too. Give it a shot! I ended up buying all I could find of D*Note after hearing this. Nice.
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By Luis Padua on 17 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Guys, this is a must. Either for fans of Daniel Ash, Love and Rockets, Bauhaus or none of the above, this album is a jewel in the history of contemporary rock, and a crowned jewel in the trend of underground / alternative music. If Lou Reed and the Velvet underground were the fathers of everything that then could be labeled as "alternative", and they gave birth to the acceptance of noise and feedback within today's pop, then Daniel Ash is the prodigal son, and the chosen one to pay homage to those first creators. "Comig Down" is Ash's most classic solo album, a music that creates its own world, a world of blue, of machines, of cold dirt guitars, of white noise and of an eerie glow. Daniel Ash "goes down" to the dark catacombs of floating electronic beats that reveal the obsessive and unavoidable rhythm and blues reality of it all. Postmodern intertextuality makes a stand with a sampling reminiscent of Santana in the track "Walk this way", with the mind-bogging version of Beatles' "Day Tripper", and -maybe above all- with the fascinating Lou-Reed's-world trip in "Candy Darling" (Remember Candy from "Walk in the wild side"?), a track that ends triumphantly with a total submission to feed-back noise. "Coming Down" is a magic experience, an absolute cult-classic that, unfortunately (how can it be possible) it's a hard to find on any record store in the world!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Way Cool - Laid Back and Subdued Overall - A Personal Favorite 27 Aug. 2005
By Rich Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Daniel Ash - Coming Down (1991)

The venerable Daniel Ash, Bauhaus/Tones On Tail/Love & Rockets songwriter, guitarist and occasional singer dropped this mostly laid-back, slightly goth-tinged solo delight in 1991. It's a real pleasure and a most worthy find. This album has far more appeal than it's current status as "collector's item for fans" might indicate, and it's a must for L&R devotees in particular.

COMING DOWN comes pretty close to being a pure solo effort with Ash handling the vocals, guitars and most of the bass work. But there are a few other musicians along for the ride, including longtime collaborator Kevin Haskins (drummer with the bands mentioned above). There's lots of haunting background vocals from Natacha Atlas who also plays keys and bass on "Walk This Way." Ash has a talent for taking basic, often blues-based material and making it sound cool. These are fairly simple songs, sprinkled with quite effective atmospheric touches and powered by Ash's dark charisma.

Breakdown (my personal impressions):

"Blue Moon" - a twinkling, barely audible 50-second album intro (a cover version of the old classic). The moment this fragile, delicate-sounding piece begins to falter, "Coming Down Fast" comes crashing in with thunderous drums and swaggering attitude. Daniel delivers a distorted, ice-cold vocal that somehow warms my chilly heart. One of only 2 tracks on the heavy side of the spectrum and waaay cool. *****

"Walk This Way" - Ash goes bossa-nova, with addictive results. *****

"Closer to You" - this is a charming, super-mellow little tune. ****

"Day Tripper" - this Beatles classic gets the smooth, laid-back treatment - that is, until Ash cranks up the riff midway through. The "naughty word" rumored to be on the original version is clearly audible on this one. Great cover. *****

"This Love" - the other full-blown rocker, this song got the most attention from this album on radio and video ("Walk This Way" also got some airplay). Kinda funky, quite danceable. ****1/2

"Blue Angel" - a slow, dreamy tune, enjoyable if a bit meandering. In deference to his notorious laziness, Ash lifts some lyrics from previous song "Walk This Way." ***1/2

"Me and My Shadow" - Like "Blue Moon," this is another very old song. This cover is so cool, jazzy and smooth, even granny will love it, which somehow makes it even more hip. It's a blast! *****

"Candy Darling" - a sad, eerie song, presumably a tribute to the original Candy Darling, a denizen of Andy Warhol's "Factory" from the 60s. ****1/2

"Sweet Little Liar" - strange atmospherics provide a great segue-way between "Candy" and this track. Dark and sensuous, it's occasionally punctuated with a sinister-sounding guitar. Creepy cello, too. ****1/2

"Not So Fast" - sounds like being trapped in a hazy dream-state, acoustic guitar strumming serenely. *****

"Coming Down" - a deep, hypnotic-sounding song. On this final cut, the album plunges into the netherworld hinted at on the previous track. It's actually a slow motion re-working of "Coming Down Fast" (or vice-versa). While some might call this lazy, I actually love it when Daniel completely reinterprets a song for the same record in this way. "Coming Down" brings the album full circle and nicely accentuates its theme. It's the most atmospheric track on the album. *****

Note: not to suggest that this is the only or best way to listen to this CD, but it's a great one to put on when turning in for the night (or the dawn).
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Daniel Ash - Coming Down. 30 Sept. 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album from an underated, talented and unique artist. If you are a fan of Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, Love & Rockets. Then you will appreciate Daniel's Ash's solo albums. The man is genuine no matter what he creates. Anyone who listens to his music is in for a real treat.
Relaxing, haunting, dark and a little country, but it's ok 18 Nov. 2005
By Miguel Niebla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a big fan of bauhaus and great music in general, i like many genres such as jazz, trip-hop, goth, industrial, synth pop and so on. I think Daniel's CD is really awasome, sometimes srange, but always beautiful. Lyrics are great and very well done. The best songs are: Blue angel, Candy Darling (A favourite one), Closer to you and Coming down. Well if this CD is so awasome why am i giving it only 4 stars, well, i really think that 5 stars is way too much. I'd give 5 stars only to classics like Violator or Disintegration, and nor 4 stars because i think Daniel could've done much more, he's an incredible composer and a very talented singer, but i think that sooner or later this cd will become a classic, so buy it.
Excellent... 25 Nov. 2005
By Jesse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Daniel Ash, of Love and Rockets and Bauhaus fame, strikes a dark and atmospheric gem with his first solo album. This album was completed in the throwes of his disintegrating first marriage, yet (or because of...) remains his most personal and finest solo effort to date, if not as commercially viable as the follow-up Foolish Thing Desire. Standout tracks are Coming Down, Not So Fast, Me & My Shadow, and the single This Love. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
Daniel Ash's "Coming Down" 11 May 2005
By Nikki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Coming Down" is a pretty good album. Then again, I think anything Daniel Ash has ever touched is great. It's no "Foolish Thing Desire," but it comes close. It's an "upbeat" album, and his cover of Day Tripper is actually pretty decent. Good job, Daniel.
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