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Their name couldn't be more appropriate...,
This review is from: Rise (Audio CD)
The Answer have produced one of the standout albums of this decade, and perhaps even one of the best debuts ever. It oozes the vibes of the 70's back when real rock bands ruled the world, such as Zeppelin, Free, Purple etc, and blends this with more modern bands such as The Black Crowes and Cry Of Love. Someone once described them as 'Led Zeppelin with backing vocals' and they're not far off. Here is a band that defies today's culture of manufactured groups that fade out after a couple of hit singles. They have worked their way up from playing in Irish pubs on spare weekends, to supporting legendary bands such as Whitesnake and The Who, and are clearly very passionate about the music they play, and they have every right to be.
The album mainly consists of full-out rockers (Never Too Late, Come Follow Me, Leavin' Today) but also has a couple of slower, bluesier songs (Memphis Water, Preachin') as well as the traditional power ballad (Always). Every style that the band turn their hand to is equally impressive, and demonstrates their obvious talent as musicians. However, they have more than just skill, their is clearly fantastic chemistry between them. Cormac Neeson's soulful vocals and Paul Mahon's searing guitar-work is backed up perfectly by Micky Waters' pounding basslines and James Heatley's awesome drumming to create something that transcends mere words - so I won't try! I would say my favourite track is either Sometimes Your Love, with highlights Cormac's fantastically unique voice, or Under The Sky which features mindblowing guitaring from Paul (a trend that runs through the album). Buy this album if you like any kind of rock music and you will not be dissappointed. This band are destined for great things, so make sure you check them out before they go global!