Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ash - A-Z Singles Vol. 2

This album compiles the second half of Ash's A-Z Singles project. As it was with the first half, this compilation is a mishmash of various styles and genres which sounds better as individual tracks than as a cohesive album.

One of my favorite highlights from this album isn't even one of the singles, but one of the b-sides. "Spellbound" is a soul sister to the excellent "Candy" from Free All Angels. It's basically what a Free All Angels track would be if there were some synths in the background. I would actually like to know where the inspiration for all the synth work on the A-Z singles came from. Did they just pick up a Roland somewhere and start noodling with it, or were they just listening to Return of the Rentals (something that all people should do at least once per month)? At any rate, this is another fine set of singles which will provide a great deal of pleasure to Ash fans as well as those of you who are willing to take a chance on something awesome.

Baleeted? Nope. I love this stuff.

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