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Ash: Meltdown (CD) - £2.49 @ CD-WOW! (free delivery)
Ash: Meltdown (CD) - £2.49 @ CD-WOW! (free delivery)

Ash: Meltdown (CD) - £2.49 @ CD-WOW! (free delivery)

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Ash's best album for £2.49. I can live without the rest of their albums, but this one is a classic (IMHO).

For this price... a steal!!

BTW, use the link: cd-wow.com/go/…rds for this price. This voucher still works!



Overview
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By Meltdown, Ash were establishing a pattern: each odd-numbered album has been a difficult, rockier affair, while each even-numbered album showed off their sublimely poppy side. So this being their fifth record, it's easy to guess where Meltdown falls -- and if you still hadn't figured it out, just check out the faux-metal cover art! Fans of the unexpectedly great comeback Free All Angels might be worried that this is a return to the minor stumble that was the dark and difficult Nu-Clear Sounds -- the last "rock" album -- but thankfully Meltdown bursts with the hooks and little musical flourishes that have made the more mature Ash records such a treat, and has little of the meandering malaise that marred Nu-Clear Sounds. Lead single "Orpheus" sets the tone -- while the verses rage with '70s metal-derived licks, the choruses burst with one of the sunniest and catchiest tunes that Tim Wheeler and company have ever committed to tape. So while "Clones" and the awkwardly political title track rage as hard as anything they've ever recorded -- and admittedly sound a bit more AC/DC than Undertones -- there's plenty of good songwriting, like on the sweet (really) "Evil Eye," the staccato guitar work on the verses of "Renegade Cavalcade," or the honest-to-goodness string-laden power ballad "Starcrossed." The real shame is that Kinetic Records went broke just before the album was to be released, again robbing the U.S. of a timely release. But Meltdown's quality justifies a hefty import price tag: it's a surprisingly strong and assured record, the kind that -- while not the highest point of the band's catalog -- will help shore up their building legacy as one of the most consistent bands to emerge from the British Isles in the '90s.

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Original Poster

Direct link to 50p off voucher:
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Great band, great album! Recently got to see them on the A-Z tour, was ace

Have some heat.

seen the tons, but in my opinion one of there worst albums, still good price.

I agree with liamis2cool; this is one of their less good albums imho, but is a bargain at this price.

Sorry to disagree, but 1977 was their best album.

I still listen to it on a regular basis.

Free All Angels was my favourite but all their albums are at least worth a listen in my opinion, even Nu-Clear sounds grew on me. Really enjoying their A-Z series so far even though I didn't get chance to see them on this tour.

Interesting, I thought Meltdown was worse than Trailer, 1977, Free All Angels and NuClear Sounds (which really grew on me). Maybe I should give it another try...

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Price now £1.99 until midnight March 1st. :thumbsup:
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