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Free All Angels
Kinetic Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Free All Angels is catchy as hell, and though it doesn't leave you with too much to think about, at least it marks a newfound musical ripeness within the band you wouldn't have found on 1977 or the rather unfortunate Nu-Clear Sounds.

Ash has grown up, but their music is poppier than you'd probably expect. They have managed to find a happy medium between pure pop and sexed-up rock. Consider "Cherry Bomb" and "Submimssion" for examples.

"Cherry Bomb," like a surprising number of songs on Free All Angels, has a very Pinkerton-era-Weezer-like opening: Timothy Wheeler croons, "Everytime that she walks by/ sends shivers down my spine/ makes me want to die/ She's a cherry bomb/ she's a bullet in my head/ pull a trigger and I'm dead" but the song is catchy and happy-sounding (complete with hand claps), yielding a product that is truly poppy but not sugar-sweet by any means. And I can't say it sounds bad. This is the kind of direction Weezer should have veered off into after Pinkerton when Rivers Cuomo didn't want write unhappy songs anymore.

"Submission" sounds like it should be played either at a fight or at a club. Maybe a fight set at a club. Maybe in Fight Club? It sounds sweaty. Really sweaty. Its that sweaty sexed-up rock I was talking about before, with Wheeler's chant "You turn me on" echoing throughout the entire song.

If you're looking to buy a simple but good summer album, look no further. Its nothing groundbreaking; you probably won't want to name it one of your favorite albums, even of this year, but I can guarantee this won't leave your car for the rest of the summer.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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