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THE ANSWER NEW HORIZON CD REVIEW

THE ANSWER

NEW HORIZON

NAPALM RECORDS

2013

 

 

MAYBE THE BEST ANSWER YET

 

 

I love the Answer, always have, and over the years I’ve just been privileged to witness them grow in leaps and bounds; seemingly with each release; playing honest traditional Hard Rock with a heart and soul in the blues and the groove of the seventies.

 

For a band that has been consistently great over the years it’s been amazing to hear them up the ante with each long-player. There must surely come a point when they can’t continue to top their last one? Well that time hasn’t come yet. ‘New Horizon’ is The Answer’s best yet.

 

This time The Answer hit their stride so fast you don’t even see them out of the blocks: “New Horizon” has the turbo-charged power to break your resistance, while “Leave With Nothin’” takes it down a notch in the way that only vintage Black Crowes ever managed to capture properly outside of the greats of the seventies like Free, Bad Company and Humble Pie.

 

The irresistible thrust of ‘Spectacular’ is an early peak of ethereal rock with a stuttering swirling groove that is almost hypnotic. Elsewhere it’s the pumped-up grooves of the bluesy “Baby Kill Me” that opens up the wide open spaces before the real summit comes into sight – the bludgeoning “Scream A Louder Love”,  

 

Produced by Little Angels front man, Toby Jepson and mixed by Mike Fraser sonically this is superb: Ten slabs of rock ‘n’ roll as it was always meant to be and almost certainly one of the albums of The Answers’ Career and of any year.

 

Catch the band on the road in October for a 40 date headline UK and European tour.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

THE ANSWER NEW HORIZON CD REVIEW