ASH Free All Angels (Kinetic) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
After the disastrous Nu-Clear Sounds, Ash have calmed the hell down and turned themselves back in the right direction. On Free All Angels, their third album, they sound more well-rounded, though it's still your basic power pop record with some So-Cal punk thrown in and a few little symphonic segments that seem out of place. This may sound like a good combination, but frankly, the hype is a little overblown. A couple of these tunes should fit nicely on some teen movie soundtrack. Ash appear on the Area2 bill at the Molson Amphitheatre August 5.