Album review

Charlotte Hatherley - Grey Will Fade

Most 'proving myself' albums—solo efforts by musicians perceived to have 'lucked into' major rock bands —are tooth-pulling affairs. Charlotte Hatherley, the guitarist roped into Ash in 1998, bucks the trend with a vivacious pop record more indebted to The Breeders or Madder Rose than Ash's bubblegum metal. Grey sparkles with a sassy wit—a Belly-style bouncer about having your guitar nicked by a Spanish one-night-stand is entitled "Bastardo", while "I wanna do/Something that has merit/To it" is gurgled over a peerless hook on "Paragon". Almost makes you fearless of an Alan White solo album.

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...