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A great collection of Pop Rock anthems, plus a full CD of B Sides!
on 12 April 2016
Bought this collection for myself as I used to heavily borrow it off my friend in college. Many people label Ash as 'Pop Punk,' which to me, is a contradiction in terms. Pop = Polished, mostly melody driven music written by ghost writers and often performed by session musicians, Punk = very much the opposite, self produced, raw and dirty, occasionally incorporating melody but not necessarily driven by it.
Ash, to my ears, fall somewhere in between, they write their own songs, are a band, rely heavily on melody but are pretty guitar driven as well, let's just call them Pop Rock and be done with it!?
Anyway, the album itself is chock-full of hits. Most are melodic rock songs 'Jack Names The Planets,' others grand and almost orchestral 'There's a Star' / 'Shining Light' and others more or less straight up rock songs 'Burn Baby Burn' / 'Jesus Says,' the borderline metal 'Numbskull' being a bit of an anomaly and a good one at that.
I remember seeing a lot of them as videos on Kerrang! when it was actually a rock channel and not shoving rubbish emo and metal bands like Asking Alexandria or whoever down viewer's throats, so I assume most of these tracks are singles and most definitely sound that way inclined.
For Ash enthusiasts? I don't know! I've only ever heard the songs on this album and have never listened to any of their standalone albums.
I do believe it was released just before the 'Meltdown' album and unfortunately doesn't feature that albums's fantastic single 'Orpheus,' apart from that and all else since, I can only assume this CD is a comprehensive collection of Ash's best songs and release up until that point.
This does include the 'Cosmic Debries' bonus disc, which is essentially B-Sides and most, whilst not poor by any stretch are pretty unspectacular and forgettable. I can't see myself listening to it again any time as they sound exactly like B Side fillers, but at this price who can gripe?