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Classic Album Review: Daniel Ash | Daniel Ash

The influential guitarist's third solo album is pretty damn funky, if not too memorable.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


You might remember guitarist Daniel Ash from such influential bands as Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and Tones on Tail.  I’m not sure his new self-titled third CD — his first solo effort in nearly a decade — will have the same impact. Though it is pretty damn funky, in a cybernetic, Euro-techno, goth-industrial, now-is-the-time-on-Sprockets-when-we-dance sorta way.

On this 70-minute set of elongated, groove-based trance-dances, Ash builds his tunes from the ground up, laying down hypnotically seductive percussion lines and then applying layers of raunchy guitar, throbbing keyboards and gloomy deadpan vocals like so much frosting on his devil’s food cake. Trouble is, none of these 14 tracks is especially tasty — aside from a satisfyingly groovy cover of Spooky, the rest of Daniel Ash the album isn’t nearly as memorable as Daniel Ash the man.