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A - Z Volume 2 CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atomic Heart Records
  • ASIN: B003ZUWBFE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dare to Dream
  2. Mind Control
  3. Insects
  4. Binary
  5. Physical World
  6. Spheres
  7. Instinct
  8. Summer Snow
  9. Carnal Love
  10. Embers
  11. Change Your Name
  12. Sky Burial
  13. There Is Hope Again
  14. Teenage Wildlife
  15. Spellbound
  16. Nightfall

Product Description

BBC Review

With a name perfect for writing on pencil cases, Ash embraced their own adolescence in 1996 with the exuberant breakthrough album 1977, named after lead singer Tim Wheeler’s year of birth. It succeeded in two ways: it sold well and reclaimed rock for the kids. Free All Angels, their third album, rescued a second album dip by beating Janet Jackson to number one in 2001. But have they now, like the now-defunct Supergrass, outgrown their selling point?

This is the second collection of singles (following Volume 1’s A-M) originally released fortnightly throughout 2010, to the shrugging indifference of the top 40, if it still exists. It is their embrace of the digital age on… well, CD, and plays to their strengths as a singles band.

To write a hit single once a fortnight is challenging, and occasionally such prolific song-writing is their undoing. Insect’s string of rhymes lacks emotional punch and plods in a way singles really shouldn’t. You could argue the band misses the female touch (Charlotte Hatherley left for solo pastures in 2006), that they are trying too hard, and that this album sometimes feels like a project for the band rather than the listeners. But the energy that sometimes outstrips their skill illustrates that they remain young at heart.

The US college punk of Mind Control and the anthemic Binary prove they have not lost their grip on a good song, as does Change Your Name ("Rise up / you’ll get stronger"), which will appeal to Oasis fans, as will the ‘self-help to thrash guitars’ of Summer Snow, which has a solo screaming to be played while swinging on ropes above an audience. It is a shame that Carnal Love’s melodies are let down by a poor, whiney vocal and banal lines such as "I’m addicted to your sweet stuff". But the electronics-laced There Is Hope Again points the way to their future in more ways than one.

Their days of beating Janet Jackson to number one may have passed, but there is apparently plenty of what led them there left in the tank.

--Tom Hocknell

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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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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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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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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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