Ashes is totally amazing! The song structures might seem stripped down comparing to the other albums but emotionally, it's definitely the least direct album Tristania had ever released. Keep an open mind, you'll see the atmosphere in the music is beyond brilliance. The more I listen to it, the more I love it. In fact it's one of the freshest sounding Goth album I have ever heard. Do you realise how many bands are releasing so called symphonic albums that are saturated with keyboards and angelic female vocals which sound cheesy and cliched these days? Tristania did not follow that trend, instead they chose the opposite path. Vibeke's dreamy vocals fit into the album very well, it just amazes me every time I listen to Ashes. Once again they have created a unique atmospheric masterpiece. How can you not love it?