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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000R9QEK4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Started A Fire
2. You Can't Have It All
3. Blacklisted
4. Polaris
5. Palace Of Excess
6. End Of The World
7. Ritual
8. Shadows
9. Princess Six
10. Dark And Stormy
11. Shattered Glass
12. Twilight Of The Innocents

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BBC Review

12 years ago, Ash - Tim Wheeler, Rick McMurray and Mark Hamilton - were my first ever 'blimey, aren't pop stars getting younger' moment. Now, just on the verge of 30, they are something of elder statesmen, yet maintain the same forceful chirpiness that their best material has always displayed. Written and recorded in New York (at the studio where the Wu-Tang Clan recorded their best material), their first album since the departure of Charlotte Hatherley, is focussed and mature. Casual observers will be delighted to learn that it's not their drum and bass outing; just another great record, which, if reports are to be believed is their last, as they will concentrate on releasing tracks and singles as opposed to full-length works in future.

If this is to be the end in this format, Twilight Of The Innocents is a fabulous epitaph, as it is crammed with many old-fashioned qualities; an abundance of melody; superb orchestration (completed with Rolling Stones/Eton John legend Paul Backmaster), and a wit and lightness. It sounds like there are at least six or seven singles on here. "End Of The World" is a delicious union of Elvis Costello and, um, Wheatus; with a to-die-for chorus, it has the potential to be the indie disco "Angels". "Shadows" is pure Merseybeat. 'Polaris' reminds the Keanes and Coldplays of the world who was around first. Tim Wheeler proves himself again to be a songwriter with depth and sensitivity and a crafty knack for a hummable chorus. --Daryl Easlea

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beefer28 VINE VOICE on 2 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
This Album was instant but not in the soon to be dull way that you get with some albums. Awesome tracks, great guitar licks and the Dance like throb of "You can't have it all" is superb! Great songs include YCHIA (of course) Polaris, twilight of the innocents, princess Six and end of the world. Not to be missed, Ash ALWAYS produce top tunes and its just a shame they have decided to go with the fact reviwers call them "A great singles bands" and just produce digital singles. I love albums I think its important that good bands make them and ASH always deliver on album tracks as well as singles so why not just keep making them? Anyway whatever they decide to do we've had five brilliant albuns from them so its all good!
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This is a shame, as they have produced one of their best albums.

I Started A Fire is a great, loud opening to the album. Originally available as a free preview via their myspace page, and given away as a DVD with a homemade video at the High Education tour, this showed that Ash were back in business. With a great intro that leads you into a crash of drums and guitars, there were calls by the fans for this to be the first single from the new album and you can hear why. Instead we got...

You Can't Have It All. Starts off with a simple guitar melody, which builds in a thumping piece of classic Ash pop-rock. With some very personal lyrics by Tim, and a typically catchy Ash chorus, some might argue this is Ash by numbers, but when the boys are on this kind of form, you can't really argue. And the guitar solo that kicks in just before the two minute mark, and is then repeated, will have many an Ash fan doing their best air guitar in front of the bedroom mirror.

Blacklisted does have a kind of American-Pop/Rock/Punk feel to it, but that's not a bad thing, as it's a great song. The guitar playing about 2.20 minutes in lifts the track even higher. Big, loud, noisy and brilliant.

Polaris, the second single from TOTI, and is another Ash ballad that shows the band can do more then just pop/punk/rock. A beautiful intro, which was originally written on Bono's piano. The lyrics in the chorus have a heartfelt innocence to them that many songs lack these days. Unfortunately it seems people like nonsense lyrics, songs without passion and 5 minute bubble gum pop, as this only charted at no.34.

Palace Of Excess didn't leave much of an impression on the first listen, but is a bit of a grower, which is unfortunately let down by a sub-standard chorus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Ramsay on 3 Aug 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's a strange paradox to like an album and at the same time feel it's a letdown. I'm a huge Ash fan and believe Free All Angels to be Tim Wheelers masterpiece - 13 single worthy songs, great variety in the music and adorable melodies that linger in the brain for all eternity and then some!! The follow up, Meltdown, was nearly as strong. It rocked like a beast and but for a couple of dodgy nubers might have topped it's predecessor. The problem with Twilight of the Innocents is it's a good record, but no more than that. Following on from two superb, career defining albums I'm slightly miffed they've not risen to the same standards on this effort. Maybe they're adjusting to being a three piece again?? Maybe content of that quality can't be sustained forever?? Or maybe it's just a slight blip??

Whatever the reason I have to emphasise this isn't a bad album. If anything it's getting better with each listen. There's some fantastic guitar playing from Tim, great riffs and super cool solos (isn't it refreshing to hear someone play their guitar properly as opposed to sticking with banal strumming and turgidly embarrassing lead brakes - yes that means you Carl Barat!!). The rhythm section is as energetic as ever and Tim's first shot at producing is better than people have claimed. The song's still have great melodies and are the perfect soundscape for a hot summer's day. Furthermore there are only two week tracks on here (Palace of Excess and Shattered Glass). So why am I feeling disappointed??

I think it's because there are no real standout songs. They lack that magical sprinkling of cosmic beauty that Ash have shown on Girl From Mars, Oh Yeah, Walking Barefoot, Shining Light, Burn Baby Burn, Sometimes, Meltdown, Orpheus and Won't Be Saved.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RolyUK on 3 July 2007
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In my opinion this is the best album they have released since "1977" and quite possibly even better. Every single track is an absolute blinder. Talk about a huge return to form. Classic Ash.

Go and buy one of the best albums of the year so far. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Wilkinson on 2 July 2007
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I love this album. It's in a totally different league to many of the bands around today and ash have now proven their longevity. My favourite tracks are End of the World and princess six, however the most amazing track I've heard this year has to be twilight of the innocents. It's awesome. Buy this album now you will not be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JD on 3 Aug 2007
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I'm a big Ash fan and have all the albums, but have to say that, post-1977, their LPs have been patchy at best.

The big problem was the number of throw-away tracks, made up for by simply inspired classics such as Jesus Says, Envy, Shining Light, Orpheus, the list goes on.

So I was surprised and frankly blown away by this album, which is easily their best and takes Ash to the next level.

Forget a return to form, this is going places they've not been before.

The standout feature is it's consistency - there is only one track you could describe as 'Ash by numbers' which is Shattered Glass, but the rest is fantastic.

On reading reviews so far I can't believe that Shadows isn't hailed as one of the best things they've done, showing a totally new maturity and setting us up perfectly for a more conventional Ash classic Princess Six.

End of the World, Dark and Stormy and Twilight of the Innocents are others that show Ash entering new ground and, though some Ash fans won't approve, it sees them offer some radio-friendly songs to sit alongside the usual blistering rock tracks.

Free All Angels was perhaps the only other Ash record to be so accessible, but suffered from over-production in places. Amazingly, though they produced this new album themselves, it is extremely well crafted while still sounding raw when it wants to.

The standard of song writing is also far more mature and impressive than on previous records and that's why you can't really compare it to 1977, an album that was brilliant mainly because it was created by a bunch of school kids.

The first three tracks get the album off to a cracking start and it continues from there.

It's as if they've found a missing gear.
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