Music: A–Z Volume 2 by Ash * * *
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