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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2011
Firstly I want to start by mentioning that I am a fan of this band. I thought the first album crackled, the second album was mindblowing, but the third? It has always been said that the second album is difficult because the band has to write in a shorter space of time. The Answer's third album is, in my view, a clear departure from the direction of the first two. It is more updated and has been influenced by their trip to America. Being a musician I can appreciate the need to progress and stretch a little, it can show how much depth you have. However, I found it a disappointment. Where was the magic of Comfort Zone or Walkin Mat? Instead I put Revival on and after a short time took a look at what track was playing and realised that it was on track four, I had listened to four tracks and they all sounded too similiar. No one track really stood out, which is a shame as this band has been described as Led Zeppelin in their hey day. So it marks a change of direction. I recall reading an Iron Maiden article and the writer mentioned that Maiden didn't mess with a successful formula, even going as far to say that if Maiden departed radically from it then the band would suffer. I hope The Answer return to style of the second album, not to repeat it, but to rediscover the magic that it contains.