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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n Roll Folks!, 28 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Rise (Audio CD)
Whilst Britain seems to be enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in rock n roll music, there still exists a significant void insofar as 'quality' or thoughtful rock is concerned. Whilst the Tokyo Dragons serve up an abundance of good times, face melting riffs, and the Darkness offer tongue in cheek but nonetheless valid 70's rock, there is still no band which is sufficiently experimentative to be compared to Led Zeppelin or Queen, yet concise and accessible enough to be hailed as great by the masses. In swagger The Answer.

This is an album of great quality throughout. Drawing heavily on early blues influences, and amalgamating them with a classic rock sound, The Answer offer an album of unswerving quality. Straight forward rock and blues tracks are supplied in equal quantity, and whilst I personally prefer the rock (Under The Sky and Follow Me) there is such quality and merit in the other tracks, that you can't help but appreciate them!

Ultimately, this is an album of superb quality, and should be a staple album for any genuine rock fans.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing at best!, 27 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Contraband (Audio CD)
It is inevitable that this album will draw comparisons to the great Guns 'n' Roses. Although it is unrealistic to assume that the heady height of Appetite for Destruction could be re-achieved, its was feasible to expect an effort of some quality, owning to the fact that VR does indeed, present three of its most potent former members. This however is not the case. Being a fan of all (quality) rock, primarily from the glorious 70's and 80's, I hoped that this album could present somewhat of a shining beacon in the proverbial dearth that is the modern music scene. It does not. Although this serves a fair quantity of thunderous riffs, the songs lack the fluidity and, ultimately, the completeness of the Guns days. Whilst for me 'Slither' provides the highlight, offering a brief moment of qulaity rock, amongst an otherwise indifferent album, there are few tracks of real quality. This does not only lack the epic records of Guns (Paradise City, Sweet Child etc), it also fails to represent fast hot and heavy rock tracks (Nighttrain, Out ta Get Me etc). Thus, it is a more rewarding experience to delve into the archives of Slash's Snakepit (particularly 'Ain't Life Grand' - though Slash still delivers some significant soloing on Contraband). Meanwhile Duff's (IMO one of the greatest bassists in rock) distinctive sound is poorly represented in the dense sound of the album. Matt Sorum on drums is sound as ever. Though the largely unknown Dave Kushner plays well enough, it is at times very unpallatable as the sound becomes and amalgamation of noise rather than a collection of instruments. Scott Weiland lacks the rock 'n' roll wail of Axl, and the band as a whole, it would appear, misses Axl's writing and leadership abilities.

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