By Charlotte Hatherley
Having defected from the tedium of eternal teenagers Ash for a full time solo career and having been prompted to do so on the basis of "enthusiasm shown by Ash fans for her writing" it's questionable whether Miss Hatherley is deserving of a solo career all together. The proof as they say is in the pudding but sadly this soufflé came out of the oven deflated. All the right ingredients are there and to give her the credit, creatively this pisses on the testosterone-lite rock-punk that her former employers seem intent on regurgitating. But the problem for Charlotte is that this has all been done so many times before and a hell of a lot better. Somewhere between Kate Bush, PJ Harvey, Belly and Hole, Hatherley clambers around for a tune that is catchy but different... wooo the sound of mystery. Siberia is at best an album track and to con people into believing it is a single does not bode well for the rest of the album. But she's cute, sounds nice on interview and no doubt smiles coyly in all the right places... hey presto it's a career!