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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
There's something to be said for experimenting -- and something to be said for knowing when the experiment is over. Having dipped into the sonic well for healthy amounts of electronic frippery on their last outing, Nu-Clear Sounds, Irish quartet Ash take a bit of a "back to the roots" approach on this offering, a bracing collection of hard-driving riff-fests and creamy sonic confections. Frontman Tim Wheeler has done an admirable job of retaining the innocence that marked the songs on 1977 -- most notably on "Shining Light" and "Walking Barefoot" -- without sounding like he's actively trying to relive his adolescence. The disc boasts its share of spiky punk tunes, such as "Cherry Bomb," which, while not a Runaways cover, bears more than a trace of that band's attitude, as well as several songs that channel the Beach Boys-via-Undertones spirit that Wheeler has dubbed "Northern Irish surf-punk." Not that Free All Angels is without its sweet side, which can be found on the keyboard-laced "Candy," which makes liberal use of the melodic motif from Burt Bacharach's "Make It Easy on Yourself." The U.S. edition of Free All Angels includes a bonus disc with three B-side tracks and an enhanced DVD program with three music videos and live concert footage.
All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
This is a happy kick, with big guitars and a big attack and onrushing energy, and it's no tedious retro punk record, either. Seven years out of high school, and high a-top the British charts in their teens, the 20-something Irish boys and English girl haven't lost any of their pop in any sense of the word. No, they've stepped it up a notch, while adding layers to a post-Nirvana, post-Jesus & Mary Chain firewall that sounds modern. Most of all, leader Tim Wheeler's sunny melodies, so rare for music this aggressive and harsh, come to him so unequivocally that he should have to donate the excess he wrote for this LP to some public trust. Free All Angels' high-action burners would make anyone want to sing: big wall-bangers like the utterly panting, lascivious "Cherry Bomb," the 1964 Beach Boys-inspired "Pacific Palisades," the dashed love of "Nicole," the bravado of "World Domination," the Undertones-esque "Walking Barefoot," the nasty edge of "Shark," and most of all, this LP's out and out bomb, the well-titled "Burn Baby Burn." In the spirit of Hüsker Dü, China Drum, Compulsion, and The Replacements, these songs are hard-hitting yet in-the-pocket -- and Ash adds its trademark youthful enthusiasm, shining out of these grooves like a signal flare. And to keep Free All Angels from getting samey, they add some full-on dream pop in the single "Shining Light," and some full-on lull-out in the sublime, strings-comely "Someday," "There's a Star," and the demure, purring "Sometimes." And as a change-up, there's the way-kinky, dance-groove rump shaker, "Submission," with drummer Rick "Rock" McMurray and bassist Mark Hamilton pounding the funky rock groove like a sped-up Stone Roses' Mani and Reni. These flavors insure that the bursting crank-up of the bangers are that much more electrifying. Ash are even more hot rod now with more experience. They're a great rock 'n' roll band by any measure. [The U.S. edition adds a bonus track and a DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Kinetic Records
  • UPC: 677285471520
  • Catalog Number: 54715

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walking Barefoot (4:13)
  2. 2 Shining Light (5:09)
  3. 3 Burn Baby Burn (3:28)
  4. 4 Candy (4:52)
  5. 5 Cherry Bomb (3:16)
  6. 6 Submission (3:32)
  7. 7 Someday (4:31)
  8. 8 Pacific Palisades (1:57)
  9. 9 Shark (3:18)
  10. 10 Sometimes (4:04)
  11. 11 Nicole (3:26)
  12. 12 There's a Star (4:20)
  13. 13 World Domination (3:27)
  14. 14 So the Story Goes (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ash Video Mixer Version 1.0
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ash Primary Artist
Rick "Rock" McMurray Drums
Tim Wheeler Guitar, Vocals
Charlotte Hatherley Guitar, Vocals
Steve Ludwin Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Owen Morris Producer, Engineer
Ash Producer
Oliver Kraus String Arrangements
Tim Wheeler String Arrangements
Jim Fitzpatrick Illustrations
Ian Laughton Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Album of the year

    What I want to know is why aren't they huge in the US? They are tons better than Radiohead, Oasis, U2, Blur and all the other English/Irish Bands who enjoy success in the US.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock and pop reunited at last!!!

    Ash...Can they touch you softly, hit you hard? Will they make you happy, give you sadness? These questions are answered invariably YES with their latest effort ''Free All Angels'' (see specificlly tacks 6,9,2,10 respectively). After ravaging europe this albumn is finally availible in America, land of my birth. Previous import purchases of the swedish and european tour addition couldn't stop me from going out to grap a copy of the American pressing which feature a limited time only DVD. If your desire is listening enjoyment, a purchase is in order. Thanks, Joel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best. cd. ever.

    this is one of the best cds i've ever heard...anyone who likes bands like weezer or new found glory will love this cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ash - Soon to be the new American drug of choice

    Though Ash seems to relatively unheard of here in the US, and I am rather dismayed by that, they soon won't be due to their fabulous new album, Free All Angels. Even though the band has been around for years and have continuously topped the charts in the UK, they have not broken in the US. Well, now they are and you should definately catch them in the very beginning. Free All Angels is a great album, ranging from really heavy songs to lighter, more soulful tunes. In the US, Ash are like a taste of heaven compared to the average middle-American rock that is played constantly on the radio and tv. If you are looking for something different and really really good, buy Free All Angels. You will NOT be dissappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ash: The New Drug!!

    When I first heard the rumbling of this group's latest album, I didn't think that it could live up to the hype, like most things nowadays. I mean being number one in England is one thing but being critically acclaimed as well. Usually, those instances are rare in this age of prefab rock stars. Needless to say, I was seriously doubtful. But once I heard ''Burn Baby Burn'', the hype paled in comparison to how great the CD actually sounded. ''Burn Baby Burn'', ''Walking Barefoot'' and ''Pacific Palisades'' are great power pop punk music (think punk Beach boys or an English Everclear). For a change of pace, ''Sometimes'' ''There's A Star'' and ''Candy'' are heavenly with lush orchestrations and haunting melodies. As the music played, I kept wondering why this disc didn't warrant a simultaneous release in the US when it was released overseas in 2001. There is not one filler song on this entire CD. The included Extras are pretty good. The Ash Video Editor allows the user to create their own video compilation to their songs using video clips as well as still images from their recent tours. Loads of replay value, that's for sure. The DVD is modest in regards to navigation but is chock full of great eye candy like the ''World Domination'' Tour documentary that runs about 20 minutes, the four videos from this CD, two live songs from their tour of Japan as well as three B-side songs set to images from all things Ash. The total package provides the listener with both visual and aural stimulation that goes beyond the normal CD release. This CD left me with such an impression that I'm going to track down and buy their previous releases. It is that good. In this age of ready-made, disposable pop stars and overly produced songs, it's nice to see and hear a band that truly rocks period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You'll have trouble getting it out of your CD player!

    This CD is well worth the affordable price if only for the fact that the 14 track CD comes with a fully packed DVD! But there's a bonus! This CD is the best of 2002! Ash are an extremely talented band and have been turning out rockin music for almost ten years. When I bought this CD I realized that this was their best album to date! Burn Baby Burn is the single that will hook you in, but once you start listening you realize all 14 songs are killer. If you like guitar-driven rock with a poppy catch, GET THIS CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible album you don't want to miss

    Ash has made yet another great album. I've had a hard time listening to anything else recently other than this. It's great for whatever mood you're in. The songs will make you want to dance and leave you begging for more. Plus with the included DVD, you can't go wrong.

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