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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2010
I've always loved Ash, though must admit they have slipped off my Ipod favourites for last few years. Volume 1 reminded me how great they are - some truly great Ash songs. Vol 2 is well worth having, although quality control slipping a bit. Having said that, it's worth the money for 'Binary' alone - absolute classic.

What happens next is an interesting one...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2010
It took a few listens, and at first, especially after Vol 1 and their last album 'Twilight of the Innocents', I didn't think a great deal of it. There were a few tracks I enjoyed.

But, as with a lot of albums, a couple of listens later and I feel its a solid collection of songs. Maybe not a great 'album', but the majority of the songs have a lot to offer.

A solid 4 out of 5 from me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2011
Ok, Volume 1 was really good. Pretty hard to beat if i'm honest and on the first listen of this album i'd say vol 1 was better. But give it a few listens and the songs just grow on you.

From track one's stadium anthem of Dare to Dream to Spell Bounds 80's beats this album wreaks class.

Insects driving lead guitar, Binary's absolute class, Physical Worlds immense catchiness, Spheres's brilliant bass line half way thorugh, Summer Snow's fantastic lyrics, Carnal Loves Repeatative but catchy chorus, Embers Pure rock Toungue Twisting Vocals, Sky Burials long brilliance and Change your Names Subtle amazingness makes this a must listen for Ash fans old and new.... and if you've ever loved Ash but let them get to the back of your ipod playlist this really is the album to get you to fall in love with them again.
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on 11 January 2011
Was not sure about this album at first, and a few tracks really left me wondering how on Earth they earned their place. But I've come to realise that over time, this album is definitely a real grower; songs like, Binary, Embers and Spheres are proof that the band haven't lost their way, and whilst songs like Insects and Mind Control get off to a shaky start, the choruses in each are simply brilliant, Insects itself having one of the best solo's I've heard in a long time, in fact it's downfall lies only in it's verses, which are unfortunately below par. Other songs like Dare To Dream leave you with a great sense of urgency and motivation after a listen, they are the sort to give you a real feel good spirit, and are definitely worth a listen.

Overall, I think the band did better with A-Z vol.1 but this album is in itself well above average, and well deserving of a listen. Songs to buy? I'd recommend, Binary, Embers and Carnal Love. If you like them, then I'd strongly recommend you give the whole album a go.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2010
I read somewhere that Moby wrote over 100 songs when he made his iconic album ''Play''. He then trimmed it down to a concise 18 tracks, which still proved a few too many as a couple of tracks get lost in translation. A large part of the process of making an album is trimming the fat. When artists have previously released double-albums they have often failed to impress as much as their previous records and sometimes seemed a bit too self-indulgent. Take Aphex Twin's ''Drukqs'', Nelly's ''Sweat Suit'' and ''Stadium Arcadium'' by the Chili Peppers. There have of course been some great ones too such as ''Mellon Collie'' by the Smashing Pumpkins and ''In Your Honour'' by the Foo Fighters. Unfortunately for Ash, their second contribution of A-Z confirms this double album as one of the bad variety, implying that more really is less.

There was a lot of quality on Volume 1 from Ash, but this second volume is much worse. A few tracks stand out such as ''Binary'' and ''Spellbound'' but there are lot's of terrible songs here too. I sincerely feel that Ash should have taken 12 of the best tracks (out of 36 in total) and put them together as a solid album. They could have released a couple of tracks as singles and put some of the worse tracks on as B-sides just like bands like Oasis used to. I don't think they should have done this just to sell a few records, but they should have done it so that they gave their fans a short concise album full of wicked tracks instead of making us flick through the albums to find the ones we like.

One thing is definitely clear, these albums are not the sort that you would listen to from start to finish. Not often anyway. And to any Ash fans out there who are wondering about A-Z, I would advise you to buy Volume 1 instead. If you absolutely adore Volume 1 and think it's the best thing Ash have ever done, then you might just about like Volume 2. Otherwise, avoid buying it and simply download the song Binary from Itunes or soemthing.
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on 11 November 2014
I've given this a long time and a lot of listens before arriving at the conclusion that it's a 5 star collection of tunes! Yes, volume 1 was immediately a hit. But this volume crept up on me and went from 'ok nothing special' to 'wow, what just happened?!' Ive realised I'm loving each and every track. Great tunes, usual energy, melodies, fun sounding music and obviously a grower.
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on 2 October 2015
Everything was perfect!
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