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Not the most original band in the world...,
This review is from: Rise (Audio CD)
...but then, neither were Led Zeppelin or Free or AC/DC or The Black Crowes, the most obvious influences of this hard rockin' four-piece. As some of my fellow reveiwers have picked up on, they are currently out supporting Whitesnake on their British tour, and audiences up and down the country are loving them. I spoke to lead singer Cormac Neeson in Sheffield after their support slot, and told him that I'd never seen so many people in the crowd watching the support act, and he said he thought Sheffield didn't like them because he'd spotted some empty seats. Anyway, on to the album.
The first track, Under The Sky, is an excellent opener. Short, sharp, punchy lyrics, great guitar work and a heavy rhythm section grabs you by the short and curlies and doesn't let go. Never Too Late and Come Follow Me don't quite have the same impact, though there's nothing wrong with either of them, whilst Be What You Want is one of the band's favourite live tracks, as the three other members of the group get to sing along on the chorus. Memphis Water could be renamed Muddy Waters, it's the first dip of The Answer's toe into the Memphis Blues that they so obviously admire, though for total blues wait until you get to track 10, Preachin'.
And then you're on to the two best songs on the CD - No Questions Asked is pure Led Zeppelin from start to finish, Jimmy Page guitar riffs, Cormac doing his best Robert Plant impression, but there's a feeling of recognition that makes you love it. And the next track, Into The Gutter starts with a Paranoid guitar sound, moves into Bon Scott era AC/DC for the verses (Walk All Over You, that kind of feel), and finishes sounding like the little brother of Aerosmith's Toys In The Attic, but again, you recognise the influences all the way through, and can't help but enjoy it.
One track lets the album down, the closer Always On Your Mind. It's like the last song on the first Darkness album, you can imagine it was written purely to give the listener one of those overblown ballads that you can hold your lighter in the air to, but really, The Answer don't need songs like this. They've got enough sharp rock songs, and emotional bluesy songs, to keep the listener happy, and I for one press fast forward on my CD player once track 10 has finished, and jump to the start of the album again. But apart from that, a marvellous debut album.