After their 1998 sophomore album Nu-Clear Sounds, Ash were on the ropes. Though the album was eventually certified gold in their native UK, it wasnt as much of a success either commercially or critically as their debut album 1977 had been and the band was bankrupt. So guitarist / vocalist Tim Wheeler isolated himself in his parents house in Northern Ireland and wrote the bulk of their follow-up album, Free All Angels, there with parts recorded in Van Morrisons old studio in Bath. The result was Ashs undisputed masterpiece and the album thats ensured that theyve had a career since then. The album produced no less than four hit singles Cherry Bomb, Burn Baby Burn, Shining Light, and Sometimes.