Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - DAVE EVERLEY

Fizzy heart­break an­thems from Brit­pop’s eter­nal teens.

Few peo­ple can get away with chan­nelling youth­ful angst at 41, but Ash singer Tim Wheeler is def­i­nitely one of them. Writ­ten in the wake of a re­cent break-up, his band’s seventh al­bum is the sound of a man look­ing back on what went wrong and won­der­ing how to put the pieces back to­gether. You can hear echoes of the teenager Wheeler once was in the bit­ter­sweet pop-punk jan­gle of True Story and moist-eyed show­stop­per In­com­ing Waves, though the sad faces are ditched for fan­tas­ti­cally sweary last-days-of­sum­mer rant Buz­zkill. It’s sweetly out of step with pre­vail­ing pop trends, but it will cer­tainly strike a chord with any­one who has ever had their heart bro­ken. Lis­ten To: True Story | It’s A Trap | In­com­ing Waves

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