Ash Twilight Of The Innocents (Standard Version)

Twilight Of The Innocents (Standard Version)

Ash

Released on July 31, 2018 by Echo

Main artist: Ash

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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Their last release before becoming one of the first bands to abandon the concept of the traditional studio album, Twilight of the Innocents is also Northern Irish outfit Ash's first new material since the departure of Charlotte Hatherley. Recording as a trio for the first time since their mid-'90s number one 1977, their sixth LP wisely avoids attempting to recapture the raw energy and punk-pop sound of their teens, and instead focuses on a mature, emotive, and cinematic direction which showcases frontman Tim Wheeler's underrated songwriting abilities. There are still flashes of the Californian hair metal leanings of its predecessor, Meltdown, such as the crunching riffs on the muscular "Blacklisted," and the Guitar Hero-style solos on the ska-tinged "Ritual," while their indie rock credentials still remain fully intact, as displayed on the anthemic opening number "I Started a Fire," which recalls the raucous blues of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," and the grungy Foo Fighters-esque "Shattered Glass." But elsewhere, Twilight of the Innocents feels like it should have been the natural successor to 2001's return to form, Free All Angels, thanks to its blend of high-octane power pop (the thumping indie-disco of "You Can't Have It All," the driving "Palace of Excess"), melodic midtempos (the jangly "Dark and Stormy," the Brill Building-ish "Shadows"), and widescreen orchestral ballads, (the gorgeous piano-led "Polaris," arguably their finest single, and the epic prog rock inspired closing title track). Wheeler's lackluster vocals remain a constant hindrance, his thin, reedy tones often struggling to make any impact above Michael Brauer's emphatic production, while the formulaic "End of the World" sounds like a lazy retread of early hit "Goldfinger." But overall, Twilight of the Innocents is a reassuringly strong collection of potential hits which, as the band claim, turns out to be their last conventional album, it's a pretty accomplished swansong. ~ Jon O'Brien
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:51:26

  1. 1 I Started A Fire (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  2. 2 You Can't Have It All (Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer - Tiim Wheeler, Writer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  3. 3 Blacklisted (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  4. 4 Polaris (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Paul Buckmaster, String Orchestra - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - STEVE Churchyard, Additional Recording - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  5. 5 Palace Of Excess (fka Suberraneans and fka Suicide Girls - Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer - Jeff Blenkinsopp, Consultant - Dan Myers, Engineer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  6. 6 End Of The World (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer - Pete Moses, Musicians, Beatbox Vocals Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  7. 7 Ritual (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  8. 8 Shadows (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Jon Kaplan, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  9. 9 Princess Six (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Jon Kaplan, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  10. 10 Dark And Stormy (- Dark And Stormy)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Jon Kaplan, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  11. 11 Shattered Glass (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Jon Kaplan, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer - Jeff Blenkinsopp, Consultant Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  12. 12 Twilight Of The Innocents (- Album Version)

    Michael Brauer, Mixer - Mark Hamilton, Producer, Bass Guitar, Associate Producer - Tim Wheeler, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - JAMES BROWN, Engineer - Ash, MainArtist - Claudius Mittendorfer, Engineer - Rick McMurray, Producer, Drums, Associate Producer - Michael H.Brauer, Mixer Copyright : 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company trading as ECHO 2007 The Echo Label Limited, a BMG Company

  • Album description
  • Their last release before becoming one of the first bands to abandon the concept of the traditional studio album, Twilight of the Innocents is also Northern Irish outfit Ash's first new material since the departure of Charlotte Hatherley. Recording as a trio for the first time since their mid-'90s number one 1977, their sixth LP wisely avoids attempting to recapture the raw energy and punk-pop sound of their teens, and instead focuses on a mature, emotive, and cinematic direction which showcases frontman Tim Wheeler's underrated songwriting abilities. There are still flashes of the Californian hair metal leanings of its predecessor, Meltdown, such as the crunching riffs on the muscular "Blacklisted," and the Guitar Hero-style solos on the ska-tinged "Ritual," while their indie rock credentials still remain fully intact, as displayed on the anthemic opening number "I Started a Fire," which recalls the raucous blues of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire," and the grungy Foo Fighters-esque "Shattered Glass." But elsewhere, Twilight of the Innocents feels like it should have been the natural successor to 2001's return to form, Free All Angels, thanks to its blend of high-octane power pop (the thumping indie-disco of "You Can't Have It All," the driving "Palace of Excess"), melodic midtempos (the jangly "Dark and Stormy," the Brill Building-ish "Shadows"), and widescreen orchestral ballads, (the gorgeous piano-led "Polaris," arguably their finest single, and the epic prog rock inspired closing title track). Wheeler's lackluster vocals remain a constant hindrance, his thin, reedy tones often struggling to make any impact above Michael Brauer's emphatic production, while the formulaic "End of the World" sounds like a lazy retread of early hit "Goldfinger." But overall, Twilight of the Innocents is a reassuringly strong collection of potential hits which, as the band claim, turns out to be their last conventional album, it's a pretty accomplished swansong. ~ Jon O'Brien

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