Meltdown

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17

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  1. JoeC
    Jan 7, 2005
    8
    Puts most British rock bands firmly in their place
  2. TimothyF
    Apr 8, 2005
    8
    A lot harder than the last. More mature than those before. It fits.
  3. PaulW
    Aug 8, 2004
    7
    I think this is a fair rating, its worth listening to and there are some great tunes on there! By far one of their best albums!
  4. henrik
    Mar 16, 2005
    7
    Very energetic songs; like most of them - some are a little pathetic. But all in all it's a round album that rocks big time.
  5. abodiginalpete
    Nov 24, 2004
    10
    absolutely f-n wicked....the tracked are simply stunning
  6. NseE
    Jul 16, 2004
    10
    Brilliant!!! Rip roaring, melodic rock. Standouts include 'Vampire blood', 'Evil eye', 'Won't be saved' (with it's very catchy, sing-a-long outro), 'Renegade cavalcade', and Detonator.
  7. BernardM
    Aug 25, 2004
    9
    Heavier than previous efforts but still gives you that 'sunshine in the morning' feeling. Personal favourites: Won't Be Saved, Evil Eye, Renegade Cavalcade.
  8. hghgfhgffh
    Aug 5, 2004
    10
    fucking amazing
  9. BarryS
    Jan 12, 2005
    10
    Free All Angels was a classic. This would beat it in a fight!
  10. LucaS
    Mar 15, 2005
    8
    A big surprise.Their best album since 1977.
  11. ThomasW
    Apr 7, 2005
    9
    very strong songs, Detonator being best ...interested to see if the guys kick on for next LP
  12. matta
    May 26, 2005
    9
    Overall, a great album and an amazing singles album. Just as good and maybe even better than the much-hyped Free All Angels
  13. 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
    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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Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This is Ash ready for stadiums, standing their ground and treating us to the kind of rock their heroes made.
  2. A straight-ahead rock album that already sounds like a festival set list in waiting.
  3. A surprisingly strong and assured record.