Sound — 6
At only 17 years of age Ash released their first album Trailer. The music is good although the sound is rather rough. They were called the worst band in County Down until this record came out and received great reviews. Although by no means brilliant musicians at this point, they play together very well. Worth knowing, at this point there band slogan was: guaranteed real teenagers, too young to marry, vote or drink in a pub, but not too young to sell themselves for sex!
Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are above average and in songs like 'Jack Names the Planets' you could tell that Tim Wheeler would become a brilliant songwrier. His singing however was far from brilliant. In some songs his voice worked well but in others ('Get Out') it was poor at best.
Overall Impression — 6
Although it is Ash's worst album it is still quite strong. Songs like Jack Names the Planets, Petrol, Uncle Pat and Season pointed to great things ahead but for now they were just another pop-punk band. The one thing I hate about this album is the song 'Obscure Thing' it is very bad. But 'Jack Names The Planets' is a classic. An album for completists only.