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Meltdown [CD]

Ash Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B0001Z2R4Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meltdown
2. Orpheus
3. Evil Eye
4. Clones
5. Starcross'd
6. Out of the Blue
7. Renegade Cavalcade
8. Detonator
9. On A Wave
10. Won't Be Saved
11. Vampire Love

Product Description


If there's one thing that Meltdown proves, it's that young people just don't know how to rock. Because Ash, having spent the better part of their formative years in the music industry, have finally matured into a proper rock band. Leaving behind the power-pop leanings of their previous albums, frontman Tim Wheeler and his bandmates crank it up to 11 right from the opening riffs of the title track. This is the sound of a band who have spent a lot of time listening to the Smashing Pumpkins, particularly Siamese Dream, and it shows on tracks such as "Orpheus" and "Out of the Blue". Wisely, though, they've kept the self-indulgence at bay--Meltdown is the sound of a band having fun, and its energy is often infectious. Even Wheeler's voice, often the band's weak point, is improved by the well-placed harmonies of guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. Best of all, though, is drummer Rick McMurray, who sounds like he's grown an extra set of arms since recording their last album--the rocking "Clones" would be half the song without his relentless beats. Meltdown is easily Ash's best album since 1977; this is the sound of a band becoming interesting again. --Robert Burrow

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ASH Meltdown (2004 UK 11-track CD album including the singles Orpheus & Starcrossed picture sleeve)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOAH 21 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ash were my first rock band and i've always loved everything they've done i love all the albums but nothing prepare me for this beauty:
1.Meltdown: This is the opener and shows the rifftastic new sound the band have developed.
2.Orpheus: You should know this bye now!
3.Evil eye: a kinda sing a long song shows the pop-rock roots
4.Clones: 1 word; AMAZING
5.Starcrossed: a really pretty ballad the end is breathtaking
6.Out of the blue: Shows the new side to Ash i love this song full stop
7. Renegade cavalcade: shows a nice mix between new ash and old ash
8.Detonator: a cool song with an awesome solo
9. On a wave: reminded me of projects from nu-clear sounds with the vocals but one of my favourites easily greta song
10.Won't be saved: its like free all angels was realeased yesterday
11.Vampire love: i didnt expect much from this song but wow its my favourite on the cd one of my fave ash songs ever!
just get the cd and realise how the best can get better!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So predictable 21 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Predictable in that, being an Ash album, you can guarantee it will be excellent...
Here's a summary of the tracks:
1. Meltdown: Thunderous opener that more or less lays down the blueprint for the album. Guitars rage throughout the track, and it gives a pretty good idea what to expect in the rest of the album. 9/10
2. Orpheus: The first single, and given that it's been played to death on more or less every radio station in the country, you're likely to be familiar with it. The crunching guitars and tribal drums are formidable, but there is a slight feeling that it was churned out with intent of being "the single"... 8/10
3. Evil Eye: Probable third single (although it could end up being released before Starcrossed), this is the closest Ash have come to recapturing Oh Yeah, and works incredibly well in a Pixies style quiet bass verse, loud guitar chorus fashion. Unlikely to leave your head once it's lodged in there. 10/10
4. Clones: The internet only single that made everyone wonder what had happened to that nice pop band Ash. It is as heavy as they've ever been, and incredibly catchy - likely to have you bouncing around the room. 10/10
5. Starcrossed: This is the heartbreak song that occurs on every Ash album, although this time it's flawless. Imagine Sometimes from Free All Angels, but executed properly. Piano and all, this is the mid paced balad that's likely to fuel a million more teenage girls in their obsession for Mr Wheeler. Probable second single 10/10
6. Out Of The Blue: Uptempo tune with decent melody and a catcy chorus. Sounds a bit like Burn Baby Burn, but without that killer hook line. Bit of a disappointment after the previous three tracks. 8/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ash - Meltdown 21 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Genius. Pure bloody genius. This album is one of the best albums i've heard in a long time. Everybody should own this album it fills you with a sense of pure joy everytime you listen to it, as I'm sure it did when they made this record. I've always liked Ash but now I adore them, unbelieveable. There is not one bad song on the album, I LOVE IT!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing 18 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is undoubtedly the best album Ash has produced, although the others are brilliant too. Right from very first song "Meltdown" you realise you're in for a treat and no song on the album disappoints. This is the sort of album where the volume keeps getting turned up, and you'll find yourself singalong to the very infectious lyrics. It consists of mainly explosive rock tracks, and with it a new sound that brings together styles from previous albums as well as a more thunderous edge to their rock. All the songs stand out and it's difficult to pick out the highlights, but two of the best are Meltdown and Orpheus. The album shows that true quality that is Ash, and also proves that they'll be around for a long time!
A must buy for any Ash fan, or anyone who likes decent rock music full stop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erm... Well... What can I say...? 17 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, the first word that comes to mind is "wow". Erm, yes, that's the best I can do to catch this thing in one sentence.
What, you want more? Oh, all right then. Just because I'm nice.
Ash have obviously done a heck of a lot of work on this - how Rick McMurray's drums lasted the course I have no idea. Tim Wheeler has also taken his guitar playing to a whole new level, and this album has some riffs that are a simple pleasure to behold. Whereas in earlier albums it sometimes felt as if it was all about to fall apart, the screws were that loose (Kung Fu anyone, or maybe Candy?), this album is just sheer class from start to finish, and often feels like a different band.
Having said that, it's classic Ash style. The opening title track will feel immediately comfortable to any Ash fan. Orpheus has been compared by some with Shining Light (though I don't remember Shining Light's drums being quite like that). Evil Eye is the new Envy. And so it continues, song after song. It's all the familiar stuff - the best from earlier albums - just pumped full of adrenaline and set alight.
This is Ash coming of age. Be impressed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting direction... 15 Jun 2007
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Format:Audio CD
Ash were one of those bands that were propelled into stardom at a very young age, thrust into the limelight after their explosive debut, '1977'. Widely regarded as one of the finest pop/punk-rock albums of the time, Ash were hailed as being at the forefront of a new wave of music. However, since those heady first days, their sound has altered and evolved, via some good tracks, some bad tracks, and some that ventured in between. Right now, with a new album out and touring some of the student unions in the UK, Ash's fourth studio album, 'Meltdown', remains a bit of an enigma.

Why shift away from the poppy formula that served them so well with 'Free All Angels', or the loose energy of '1977'. Nobody can really understand a band's evolution save for the band itself, but in this case...I think it's both good and bad. In my opinion, whilst 'Meltdown' is an excellent album in itself, and has far more depth than previous albums, it lacks the killer instinct that both of the aforementioned albums had. There are a few standout tracks here, but generally, the album as a whole fits more coherently together an entire entity, rather than a bundle of hit tracks to listen to every now and again. If you want the true 'Meltdown' experience, you need to listen to the whole album.

As Amazon's description states (and many other reviewers on this site have observed), Meltdown is a hell of a lot heavier than anything Ash have done before. This is good, in the sense that they still have some really solid tracks that are great to rock along to, but they do lose some catchiness in some areas, fading away from the 'poppy' sound of Free All Angels. This is by no means a bad thing, and some things never change.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is album is awesome. You will not be disappointed. Every song is superb!! Go on buy it!! What your ears were designed for!!
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by SLASH
4.0 out of 5 stars What could have been...
This is probably Ash's best attempt at a real rock album and by the energy of one Rick McMurray which drives the songs along, its certainly a brave stab at harder territory. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by A. J. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Heavy but not happy!
Ive always had a soft spot for ASH having got into them via the Girl From Mars single i bought all their following albums and really stayed with them on Nu-Clear Sounds which i... Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by Gilgamesh
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Ash album yet?
well perhaps not but it is definetely a 5 star album. the album is catchy and every song is great-I have no favourites. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2007 by Ticks
2.0 out of 5 stars Letdown rather than Meltdown
I saw this on Amazon for under 1 so I gave it a try. I regularly listen to 1977, Free All Angels and Intergalactic Sonic, but for me this is just too much of a change in... Read more
Published on 4 April 2007 by Peter Fenton
4.0 out of 5 stars meltdown rocks!
a move away from the chart friendly sound of 'free all angels', meltdown is full on heavy rock, but as always with ash it's melodic and very listenable, orpheus is a... Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2005 by "ben_23"
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice package... now where's the music?
Being a real fan of ash, I have to admit that this album is not for me, 1977 and Free all angels are. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2005 by Francisco A. Lambarri V
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a letdown
I have been an Ash fan for a long time, despite resistance against Ash by most of my friends. I play their previous songs 24/7, such as Girl From Mars, Candy and even Kung Fu, and... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE
I first heard this album when i saw the band live earlier this year at Wedgewood Rooms and unveiled their new album Meltdown. And what can i say i was blown away. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2005 by "coffee_good"
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Meltdown
Ash's latest album tore apart the rock world last year and dont we love it. From the fantastic title track to the inspired 'Starcrossed' to the fast paced 'Orpheus' the album... Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2004 by Chris
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