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The Answer – Solas

Although this is not the usual fist-pumping rock ‘n’ roll or the bluesy swampy music we got all accustomed to from The Answer, it is still an album the band should be proud of.

The Answer are back! I arrived a little late to The Answer bandwagon but I fell in love with the act straightaway when I listened to Raise a Little Hell and their back catalogue after that. They have everything a hard rock fan needs; a perfect mix between hard rock and blues, the passion and they put on a great live performance. October 2016 saw the band release their highly anticipated album and, arguably, the band enters a different musical territory with Solas.

Originally, I planned to publish my review a day or two before the release day, 28th October. Sometimes, however, it’s better to take your time because some music is better when it’s left to grow on you. This is the case with this new album. The music on Solas is so different to what one would normally expect from The Answer and that is why I had to allow myself to take my time.

Perhaps this is what every artist strives for: to be different, to evolve and challenge your artistic abilities. While not entirely deviating from their rock ‘n’ roll path, that is exactly what The Answer are doing on Solas. This album sees the band go closer to their Northern Irish roots and this is evident from the first three tracks: “Solas”, “Beautiful World” and “Battle Cry”. The familiar The Answer is still alive and loud on “Untrue Colour”, “Left Me Standing” and “Real Life Dreamers” while “Demon Driven Man” brings out the blues. The band members also take their artistic abilities to different territories by trying out different instruments such as the bouzouki. Overall, it’s a mellower and more mature album, which is understandable as partly the inspiration for it was the arrival of Cormac Neeson’s (vocals) son who was born three months premature with multiple health issues.

The beauty of this album is that this is high quality music. This is something which you can listen to on repeat and discover something new every time. Although this is not the usual fist-pumping rock ‘n’ roll or the bluesy swampy music we got all accustomed to from The Answer, it is still an album the band should be proud of. It is an album which tests the band members’ artistic abilities, and surely they pass with flying colours. It will be interesting to see this material performed live and how it works out. I can definitely imagine some of these tracks making their way to TV shows or film soundtracks.

Favourite tracks: “Left Me Standing”, “Real Life Dreamers” and “Battle Cry”

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Track Listing:
1. Solas
2. Beautiful World
3. Battle Cry
4. Untrue Colour
5. In This Land
6. Thief of Light
7. Being Begotten
8. Left Me Standing
9. Demon Driven Man
10. Real Life Dreamers
11. Tunnel

The Answer are:
Cormac Neeson – Vocals
Paul Mahon – Guitar
Michael Waters – Bass
James Heatley – Drums

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I started this website in 2011 because I always had a burning passion of sharing music and keeping people informed about what's going on in the metal and rock worlds. If I am not sitting in a dark room in front of a computer, listening to some obscure music (or Whitesnake), then I am usually found at a concert or a festival interviewing bands (or drinking beer).

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