Sunday 19 November 2017

Music: A–Z Volume 2 by Ash * * *

John Meagher

John Meagher

For the past 12 months, Ash have been releasing a new single every fortnight. Tim Wheeler et al contend that the album as a format is dead and the single is king once more.

Whatever about the veracity of that view, there's little doubt that the project has revitalised a band that were struggling for relevancy. This compilation is not as consistently strong or quite as varied as Volume 1 (released in April), but it still provides evidence that Wheeler is a distinguished songwriter. Binary and Dare to Dream are crackers.

Burn it: Binary; Dare to Dream

Irish Independent

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