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Grey Will Fade [CD]

Charlotte Hatherley Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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What colour is your soul? After fifteen years in rock ‘n’ roll and still only in her twenties, the colour of Charlotte Hatherley’s soul is a double rainbow beamed through a kaleidoscope and shot through a crystal prism. Since 2006, the year she strode away from the ten-million-album-selling Ash, her inner colour contrast has been turning, slowly, all the way up to 11; today, ... Read more in Amazon's Charlotte Hatherley Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Double Dragon
  • ASIN: B0002FR0Z6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kim Wilde
2. Rescue Plan
3. Paragon
4. Summer
5. Down
6. Stop
7. Where I'm Calling From
8. Why You Wanna?
9. Bastardo
10. Grey Will Fade

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Though Grey Will Fade marks her solo debut, Charlotte Hatherley will already be a familiar name to fans of Ash. Back in 1997, she made the Northern Irish trio into a fourpiece, adding her guitar and sweet vocal harmonies just in time for their 'difficult second album', Nu-Clear Sounds. Interestingly, though, Grey Will Fade doesn't sound much like an Ash album at all. While her bandmates are keen to make the transition to straightforward rock (as heard on 2004's excellent Meltdown), Hatherley seems happier sticking to her indie roots. Grey Will Fade is, for the most part, a great little indie rock album, filled with bouncy little guitar gems. Hatherley has chosen her influences wisely, and the ghost of the Pixies looms large throughout, particularly in her incendiary, Joey Santiago-esque guitar playing on "Summer" and "Stop", where the solos tear along in the middle of the melody. And the upbeat, power pop vibe on "Kim Wilde" and "Paragon" are reminiscent of Weezer's best and catchiest work. In fact, the only real misstep here is "Down", which threatens to derail the album at the halfway point with it's plodding pace and tepid lyrics. But Grey Will Fade quickly regains its balance, and proves that Ash's Charlotte Hatherley has a voice all her own, and it's one worth listening to. --Robert Burrow

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CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY Grey Will Fade (2004 UK 10-track CD album from the Ash guitarist including the single Summer & the download-only single Kim Wilde)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy, brilliant indie-pop 13 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
Thank God for someone telling me about the free download of Kim Wilde available from Charlotte Hatherley's website, otherwise I would probably have never have discovered one of my favourite artists in years. That song opens this hugely likeable album with Charlotte's relentless (and brilliant) vocals and a tune that's impossible to get out of your head. The rest of the album see-saws in tempo, with Rescue Plan, Down, Where I'm Calling From and the beautiful Grey Will Fade slowing things down a bit when you think you've got Charlotte sussed. The more upbeat tracks tend to be more memorable (you need some sort of machinery to get those tunes out of your head, and it's near impossible not to want to sing along), with Summer, Why You Wanna? and Bastardo being some excellent highlights. I won't tell you what Bastardo's about, seeing as everyone else has, but it's superb.
I love this album, the only tracks I feel are lacking are Paragon and Where I'm Calling From, but even they are still worth listening to when accompanied by the rest of the album. I hope Charlotte keeps doing solo stuff, as the world seems a better place with her in my CD player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected indie-delight... 20 Sep 2004
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
First off, I'm not much of a fan of Ash- always thought bands like Husker Du & The Vaselines did that kind of thing much better- in fact my favourite Ash-track is Envy, as it features Ms Hatherley's vocals. Perhaps its the reformation of The Pixies, or the rediscovery of my record collection, "when indie were indie, i.e. pre-Britpop," that has made me fall for this record? Not doing a disservice to Ms Hatherley, but she recalls such alt-joys as Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Blake Babies/Julianna Hatfield, The Breeders, Madder Rose, Belly & non-female acts such as Buffalo Tom, Guided By Voices, Sebadoh, Sugar, The Posies, & Cheap Trick. This and Rough Trade's Indiepop-compilation are evidence that "indie" isn't a dull-terms associated with Britpop-bands, or retro-acts with beards who misunderstand both the 1960s and the 1970s (e.g. Oasis, Kasabian, The Ordinary Boys, The Libertines, [take your pick from the line-up of mediocrity]...).
Grey Will Fade showcases ten top tunes played by Charlotte, Eric Drew Feldman (who also produces & once turned up on a Pixies-LP), & Rob Ellis (who's played on the best PJ Harvey albums & also produced the worst Placebo-album in the world ever!: Black Market Music). The album is a big sugar-rush, opening with the already classic single Kim Wilde (the second KW-based track, after Luke Haines' Discomania)- how do you make stock-indie sounds seem fresh? Listen and find out...
KW isn't the only track, and neither is the lovely Summer-single: Down is a lovely/simple ballad, Bastardo an amusing memory, Rescue Plan something a bit darker (& a bit Ride, or is that just me?)...look, it's all great. Hope she follows it up soon, time for Ms Hatherley to give up the day job; one of the many highlights of this year: an unexpected indie-delight!!!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter brilliance from the Ash guitar whizkid 30 Aug 2004
By bunters
Format:Audio CD
Girls with guitars are just the coolest thing. We know from her seven years as second guitarist with Ash that Charlotte Hatherley can knock out a mean guitar riff or two. We know she's got beauty and poise combined with a rock chick Kim Deal cool. But in Grey will Fade Charlotte has delivered a superb solo album that proves she's not only all of these things but a genius songwriter and a cracking singer, too.
An absolute joy, Grey Will Fade is a irresistible debut which fuses crunching, squalling Pixies guitars with life-affirming punk-pop melodies and the kind of gorgeous multi-layered girl-group harmonies Kirsty McColl would have been proud of.
This is easily my album of the year so far and hasn't been out of my CD player for a fortnight. Think the Bangles or the Go-Go's with a reflective, bittersweet edge, or a less grumpy Juliana Hatfield, or the Breeders with tunes you can hum. Taking on all the guitar and bass duties herself, Charlotte has harnessed the swirling keyboard work and production skills of one time Pixies collaborator Eric Drew Feldman and the drums of PJ Harvey stalwart Rob Ellis to give these songs a rock pedigree that lifts this fine album way above your usual run-of-the-mill side project.
The highlights are many. Twisting and turning all over the place, with more hooks than an anglers convention and more chord changes than many bands muster in whole careers, the opener and lead single Kim Wilde showcases the sweetness and purity of Charlotte's voice a treat - and yes, she does sound a lot like Kim on it.. Paragon is a thumping adrenaline rush, Summer and Why You Wanna are glorious and pop-perfect, the former featuring a rare sighting of the word "serotonin" in a song lyric.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of 2004? 7 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not that big a fan of Ash but after reading an interview with Charlotte about her new album, I bought the single 'Summer' just before I went on holiday. I barely listened to any other songs for two weeks. The gutar-piano harmonies take a while to get used to, but once you do it's nigh on impossible to get it out of your head. So once I returned, I bought the album. Kim Wilde is one of the best songs on the CD and of the year, and even catchier than Summer. One of the best pop records of recnt years, you have to hear it. Other highlights include Paragon, Why You Wanna and Bastardo. The seemingly weakest track is Down. After a few listens, however it reveals itself to be as beautifully written as anything else on the album.
Grey Will Fade is an essential purchase, whether you're a fan of Ash or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars class act
Discovered this artist late, but really enjoy her work. Bought her second album the deep blue and wanted to discover more. Hope to pick up her last album. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by rio169
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful album
brilliant album full of great songs, no filler! was really suprised at how enjoyable it was to listen to. Charlotte Hatherley mmmmmmmm.
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Andrew Ballard
4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to your Ash collection? Maybe...
No disrespect to Charlotte as an individual, but I am a huge Ash fan, which is why I took a chance and bought the album. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought
I purchased this album on the basis of a couple of good reviews and listened to it. I'm sorry, but I just think it's a poor album. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2005 by dan the man
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Debut
After hearing the debut single 'Kim Wilde' some time last year, just before it came out, I wasn't sure what to expect from the album and also the single itself. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2005 by "placidcasual"
5.0 out of 5 stars Grey was never this colourful
This is a frisky puppy of an album, with an overall feeling of fun. Some of the numbers rattle along at a breakneck pace, leaping from chord to chord like a mountain goat. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2004 by James Warner
1.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Heatherley - a disappointment
After the dreamy, moody support vocals on the songs from Ash, I was looking forward to listening to this and expected something a bit more considered. Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely to set the world on fire
It's strange that young Charlotte Hatherley should dedicate the first track of her album to 'Kim Wilde', an artist whose career peaked when Charlotte was presumably still in a... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album - and not just for Ash fans!
I found this album really refreshing. The unashamedly indie feel is reminiscent of bands like Weezer, the Juliana Hatfield Three and The Pixies, and while Hatherley might be... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2004 by "soulmedia"
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