Nu-Clear Sounds [US Bonus Track]

Nu-Clear Sounds [US Bonus Track]

by Ash
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Glowering and sexy, UK hitmakers Ash dream of finding the punk rock sweet spot -- that place where Nirvana's grungy noise rides back to its roots in the Velvet Underground's hymn-folk symphony "Pale Blue Eyes" and the Stooges' teen-sloth classic "No Fun." It's a beautiful goal and the boys damn near nail it.

Overview

Glowering and sexy, UK hitmakers Ash dream of finding the punk rock sweet spot -- that place where Nirvana's grungy noise rides back to its roots in the Velvet Underground's hymn-folk symphony "Pale Blue Eyes" and the Stooges' teen-sloth classic "No Fun." It's a beautiful goal and the boys damn near nail it. Check out singer Tim Wheeler's Nico impression on "I'm Gonna Fall" or the scabrous rocker, "Numbskull." Or dig "Folk Song," which recasts Nirvana's "Something in the Way" as lovelorn balladry, and the symphonic "Aphrodite," which captures the luxuriant Wheeler lounging on a magic carpet of velvety feedback and airy melody. At times, this cutie-punk vibe can get kind of cloying, like Weezer without that plucky sense of irony. But if the saccharine stuff leaves you feeling a little stuffed, you can look to athletic rockers like "Projects" and "Death Trip 21," which will help you work those rock 'n' roll ya-yas out, too.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
While Nu-Clear Sounds lacks the immediate appeal of Ash's previous outing, 1977, over the course of repeated listens it emerges as the group's most bracing effort to date; the opening maelstrom of "Projects" immediately sets the tone for the record's snarling approach -- while there are a few gorgeously pensive moments, like the aptly titled "Folk Song," it's otherwise the raw, straight-ahead rock album the band always threatened to make. The addition of second guitarist Charlotte Hatherley galvanizes Tim Wheeler's songs, giving them a dimension and scope they previously lacked -- Nu-Clear Sounds is above all big and loud, but under its tumultuous surface lies Wheeler's most mature and poignant material yet, from the grippingly elegiac "Low Ebb" to the sweetly romantic "Aphrodite." Subtleties aside, however, Nu-Clear Sounds is first and foremost a rock & roll record, with all of the snotty swagger and attitude that the label implies -- at a point in pop history at which old-fashioned noise and bombast were at their most unfashionable, Ash bravely made an album that demands to be heard at maximum volume, and it's a glorious thing to behold.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
5050466806628
catalogNumber:
668066

Tracks

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >