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Meltdown [Limited Edition With Bonus Live CD] Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B00021LPOC
  • 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: 164,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Meltdown (Live)
2. Orpheus (Live)
3. A Life Less Ordinary (Live)
4. Evil Eye (Live)
5. Clones (Live)
6. Starcrossed (Live)
7. Out Of The Blue (Live)
8. Renegade Cavalcade (Live)
9. Detonator (Live)
10. On A Wave (Live)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

ASH Meltdown (2004 UK limited edition 2-CD set comprising of 11-track enhanced CD album featuring the single Orpheus and CD-Rom access to secret area on official website; plus Bonus CD>/B> featuring 14 tracks recorded live on theUK Clonestour Spring 2004 presented in a unique screen printed plastic slipcase complete with fold-out picture / lyric booklet and die-cut stencil!)


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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt Niner on 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 By "jps564" on 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 By J. D. Ludlow on 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 By Silver on 15 Jun 2007
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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