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  • Vinyl (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: UK Import
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B00021LPO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ash: Meltdown LP - vinyl album/LP (12" size), released 2004 in the United Kingdom by Infectious Records (5050467319714), Barcode: 5050467319714 // gatefold sleeve // Genre: Alternative / Indie

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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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. A. Record on 20 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
When Ash burst on the scene with "1977" everyone, quite rightly, fell at their feet. 1977 gave birth to many many songs that just ARE summer in many respects, and this was the mood that definied Ash's early sound.

Follow up "Nu-Clear Sounds" sounds may have been a public fall from grace, but at least the band where trying to hone their sound. Each album has tweaked the sounds of the last a little to produce something new, but something undoubtedly Ash.
"Free All Angels", and more specifically the song "Burn Baby Burn" re-ignited the public's love for the pop rock band everyone could enjoy. Dripping in melodies and cool riffs, it laid the foundation for "Meltdown".
There one word that follows Ash everywhere, and that word is "infectious". Meltdown is equally as infectious as all Ash albums. Similarly, it has just the same amount of pop hooks and blissful melodies that are Ash's trademark. So what is the big furore?
Quite simply, this album ROCKS. Suddenly the riffs on all other Ash albums sounds pale in comparision as this time the little band from Ireland pull out all the stops and powerhouse their way through the melodies. Opener "Meltdown" is a clear statement of intent, a riff that could force even a baby to headbang, yet a chorus so beautifully pop you'll sing it for days. Just when you dont think they can top the title track, "Orpheus" does just that.
"Evil Eye" is more classic Ash, except (and you realise this as you listen) the bass and drums sounds much more HUGE this time around. "Clones" starts with a riff that wouldn't be out of place in a nu-metal band, except Ash make it entirely theirs, underpining it with the dual vocals of Tim Wheeler and Charlotte Hatherley to sucessfully stamp their own style on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Blackmore on 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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9 of 10 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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