Album Review: Ash - A-Z Vol 2 (Atomic Heart)

Ash prove that, 18 years into their career, they still sound fresh and relevent

Ash long ago fell prey to the curse of being consistently good, and therefore boring. Cunningly, they reinvented themselves as masters of the no-concept concept. No more albums (just handily packaged 13-track collections)! An A-Z single series (where the track titles don’t start with the right letters!). Anyway, such gimmickry aside, it’s refreshing to hear a band 18 years into their careers still sounding as hungry for the prize as they do on the rolling, polished ‘Dare To Dream’ and the emo-tinged MCRish power pop of ‘Insects’. If some moments, like ‘Physical World’, are comfortably inessential, it’s good to have them still around.

Emily Mackay

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6 / 10
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