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  • Summary: The veteran Irish trio return with a rock-oriented affair, their fifth studio disc overall.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. A surprisingly strong and assured record.
  2. If you're a fan of tuneful, American-influenced pop-punk, Ash are waiting to burn a hole through your heart.
  3. The band's melodies continue to be undeniable, but when guitar solos are added to the mix, the combination is electric. [#9]
  4. 70
    A below par effort by their high standards.
  5. Meltdown gets stuck in a hard-rock rut. [11 Mar 2005, p.104]
  6. Ultimately, Meltdown isn’t as dramatic a failure as its title seems to be begging me to pronounce it--in fact it isn’t really a failure at all. It’s just a crucial dip in momentum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. BarryS
    Jan 12, 2005
    10
    Free All Angels was a classic. This would beat it in a fight!
  2. hghgfhgffh
    Aug 5, 2004
    10
    fucking amazing
  3. abodiginalpete
    Nov 24, 2004
    10
    absolutely f-n wicked....the tracked are simply stunning
  4. LucaS
    Mar 15, 2005
    8
    A big surprise.Their best album since 1977.
  5. Oct 13, 2011
    8
    In trying to follow up their number 1 hit album Free All Angels, Ash went
    for a heavier sound this time round. An album that really deserved
    more
    success and recognition than it got. While it doesn't have the same volume
    of radio hits as Free All Angels or 1977, as a whole album it's arguably
    the bands strongest. Some great guitar work going on while Dave Grohl was
    reportedly a major fan of Rick McMurrays drumming on the album. Perhaps the
    reason for its commercial underperformance slipping off the radar was that
    it was caught between being too heavy for Ash's core fans and having too
    much pop melody going on to attract in the rock element.
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  6. TimothyF
    Apr 8, 2005
    8
    A lot harder than the last. More mature than those before. It fits.
  7. jtone
    Jul 23, 2004
    0
    Shit's weak.

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