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Solas

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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • ASIN: B01K7O4374
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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"They are going to be huge' British Kerrang magazine once predicted - oh, how awfully right they were! Meanwhile, Northern Irish hard rockers The Answer gave us five fine, diversified albums only to now blow everyone away with the lush beauty that is Solas - a bold step in evolution for the band and past genre boundaries. This is not your typical The Answer classic rock album, musically and lyrically the band have progressed and have delivered a contemporary rock album with Gaelic influences. Solas is the Gaelic word for 'light' and how could this not be an omen? The Answer's songwriting has an unchained quality to it: epic arrangements, bombast, airy folk melodies and guitar sound walls build a timeless and thrilling masterpiece which embodies the crowning of the whole career of the Irish!

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By Rawson77 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2016
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Solas is The Answer's sixth studio album, and is a slight departure from the bulk of their earlier work. It's certainly not as commercial a sound, though in fairness, the band's previous albums have all struggled to get past the mid-point of the album charts, so whether they were ever really 'commercial' is perhaps open to debate. Anybody expecting to find the next 'Nowhere Freeway' will be somewhat disappointed; the hard rock sound of Revival has dissipated slightly.
There's a maturity - a restrain - to this album and the vocals in particular which will probably split the fan base. Indeed, on my first listen to the title track, I actually questioned whether or not Cormac Neeson had been replaced. If you're a fan of the bluesy/prog. rock sound that The Answer at times have, then this album will delight; if you've only seen them belting out hits whilst supporting AC/DC, you'll probably be disappointed.
There are tracks on Solas which wouldn't sound a miss on a 70's rock compilation album between Free and Lynyrd Skynyrd - not as a cheesy homage, but the actual authentic sound. Songs like 'Battle Cry' made me feel like I was back in my teenage bedroom with my vinyl collection.
As Revival is one of my favourite 'sing-along' albums, I feel that Solas is more of a 'listener'; cans on, eyes closed rather than belting it out in the car. How this will extend to the live gigs, well, I look forward to finding out.
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On first listen the early part of Solas is quite a departure force the Band . It works very well and will certainly give the more light and in their live set . Definately more mature sounds but still showing their influences . Give it a go
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Look, I've followed the Answer from day one. From rave reviews in Classic Rock magazine to seeing them live in various crappy venues. How many times did you get a review of a band touted as the next Lizzy, Zeppelin WHY? And yet the Answer truly did appear to be the 21st century FREE. Great reviews across the board followed by a worldwide support slot for ACDC and then.........nothing. Still seeing them in 3rd rate venues. With all that background why not try something different? And they have! Totally different to the past but still BRILLIANT. Hopefully a 10 year overnight success!
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Bands just can't win. Keep making the same type of music, and some fans get bored and complain. The band tries something totally different and again some fans complain. Having read, though, that The Answer were seriously considering giving up, and Cormac, in particular, was going through a really tough personal time, I thought it was pretty brave to come up with an album that was so totally different from all their others. After all, who'd have thought that the band would have used a tango rhythm in a song, as at the start of 'Beautiful World'? It's absolutely stunning, and deeply touching when you know what Cormac went through, and would be so for many of their fans who are also going through a really bad patch. 'Being Begotten' reminds me very much of of some early Plant and Page numbers - great for me, as a long time Led Zep fan - and 'Thief of Light' is very atmospheric. Solas itself, like a number of other tracks on this album, has some fantastic harmonies. It's just great although, as a fan of Floyd as well as Led Zep, There's quite a variety of music styles on this album, some obviously with Irish folk influence, and it works! I'm not keen on 'Real Life Dreamers', but I'm not keen on most female singers, and I do wonder why they included 'Money'. Great maybe during a gig, but not on a brand new 'different' album. Cormac has had the opportunity to show what a brilliant voice he has, Mickey's harmonies have improved greatly, and Paul and James have both matured as guitarist and drummer. Very well done, gents!
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Change of direction on this offering from The Answer but it still delivers a mighty punch. A movw away from the heavy bluesy guitar and drifts to a slightly folky edge in places. But do you know what? This may well be there best offering yet. Highly addictive listening, the haunting Solas and Beautiful World still retain a zepplin-esque feel before the celtic influences make an appearance on Battle Cry, In This Land and Thief of Light. Whilst these songs are a departure from their previous material they are fantastic listening. Well worth a purchase!
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After listening to their last few albums, I was left feeling The Answer were capable of achieving more, especially regarding the promise shown on their first two releases. And now, hearing Solas, I believe that creative talent has resurfaced. There is more variation in style and tempo this time round, which I personally feel makes a more interesting listen.
Well done boys for having the balls to take your music in a different direction, and the creative talent in making it a success! This once disillusioned fan is now back on board!
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I came on board with the debut album and all it's bluesy rock bombast and have not heard much since then that made me think of them as nothing more than just another young(ish) rock band doing the rounds.
This album however is an embarrassment of riches conjured up from a smorgasbord of influences from classic rock bands of the past and there is really no need to name them and identifying them is part of the fun. Not that anything here is a mere retread of past glories, can any rock music really be 'new' these days.
I find it so refreshing in a stale musical climate that some artist's try something different rather than trotting out the same old, same old.
A mature album from a band reaching to the next level, it may leave some behind in it's wake but that's their loss.
Stick the 'phones on a be transported back to an age when music mattered.
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