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Free All Angels ~ Ash
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars getting better, 15 May 2001
In fairness, Ash are one of my favourite bands of all time so I was going to be biased. Thing is though, I didn't need to be, this is a genuinely fantastic album. 1977 has always been one of my favourite albums and I wasn't even expecting them to surpass it - it's a bit early to decide but I think they might have proved me wrong. It's got all the melody of their earlier material, but on every song, there's no filler here as there was on 1977, any track could be a single. It's a very eclectic album, with style by the bucketload - they've even got samples on orchestral slowie Candy. The only slight fault on Free All Angels, as highlighted by the slower tracks, is that Tim Wheeler's voice… Read more
All Hands on the Bad One ~ Sleater-Kinney
All Hands on the Bad One ~ Sleater-Kinney
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blinding, 11 Jan 2001
The first four albums from Portland's trio saw them coming on by leaps and bounds, so much so that this, their fifth album, is their masterpiece. The feminist theme still runs through the album, spiced with a dry humour on songs such as "Milkshake 'n' Honey"which does them much credit. Corin Tucker's howl is more powerful than ever and blends perfectly with Carrie Brownstein's softer harmonies, with the twin guitar counterpoint adding to the overall effect. Janet Weiss's drumming is spot-on as ever (hello Alan Leach of Shed 7) creating the perfect framework on which to balance the melodies. Ballad Of A Ladyman is a well-crafted rant about the pressures to sell out, while single… Read more