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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