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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Irish indie-punk quartet, and takes a less harsh, more pop approach than their poorly-received 1998 sophomore effort 'Nu-Clear Sounds.'
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  1. Ash have returned to the clean, uncomplicated sound of their mid-'90s debut. [2 Aug 2002, p.74]
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    A further step forward. [Jun/Jul 2002, p.102]
  3. At times, John Barry conducting the Buzzcocks; at others, EMF covering Petula Clark.
  4. It strikes a balance between the buzzy pop of their first album and the heavier thud of their second.
  5. For the first time since their full-length debut album 1977, Ash have achieved synergy between their sweet-as-milkshake pop and the full-on heavy metal and punk that inspired Hamilton and Wheeler to pick up guitars in the first place.
  6. It's a damn good pop album, with a little muscle behind its melodies to boot.
  7. Half of Free All Angels sinks under sluggish ballad tempos, sour strings and, in "Submission," unnecessary electronica. But the half that doesn't, such as "Walking Barefoot," is solid chain-saw fun, some of the best '77 you'll hear in 2002.

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  1. AmberC.
    Sep 12, 2002
    10
    i love this album! i can't get it out of my head!
  2. GavinR
    Jun 18, 2005
    9
    tim wheeler is one of the best sonwriters around... shining light is one of the best love songs of recent times. its a shame they cant tim wheeler is one of the best sonwriters around... shining light is one of the best love songs of recent times. its a shame they cant reproduce music to this standard more consistantly, their previous two albums fell short of the mark but this is a true return to form and arguably better than'1977' Expand
  3. matta
    Jul 19, 2005
    9
    Catchy and engaging. Plus, gotta love the dvd that comes with it. The video for Candy just makes that classic even better.
  4. tim
    Jan 30, 2007
    9
    their best album yet
  5. Oct 13, 2011
    9
    Spawning a massive 6 singles this is one of the catchiest collection of
    songs from and Indie band that you will come across from the 00's.
    Spawning a massive 6 singles this is one of the catchiest collection of
    songs from and Indie band that you will come across from the 00's. Could
    almost be considered a singles collection and the sheer number of classic
    hits here make up for the few weak tracks present. Burn Baby Burn, Walking
    Barefoot, Sometimes and Shining Light still sound fresh and vibrant 10
    years on. Perhaps 2 tracks too long (Nicole and Submission are b-side
    quality really) but close to being the perfect summer pop record with an
    edge, Even Brian Wilson would have been proud of this one.
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