The Answer
Everyday Demons


2.5
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Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
May 9th, 2009 | 15 replies | 1,357 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rock'n'roll you've heard before? T'be sure!

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

It’s time for the world to discover The Answer. However, in order to do this, one would suppose we’d have to figure out the question. In this instance, the question seems to be a two-part: “Are you ready to ROCK? I SAID, ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?”. Yes, the Northern Irish quartet give you an amps-up-to-11 set of both kinds of music – rock AND roll – on their second album, Everyday Demons. Unlike similar “classic rock revival” acts of recent years, The Answer don’t suck arse entirely. Having said that, Everyday Demons is best described as patchy, inconsistent; with an imbalance of fun highlights and complete dross.

The premise of what The Answer do is pretty simple – it’s hard rock with an occasional delta blues tinge to it, which owes more than its fair share to rock gods of yesteryear. At times, the retro-rock influences are far too strong- vocalist Cormac Neeson steals a vocal melody or three from touring buddies AC/DC’s “Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” for “Cry Out”, whilst guitarist Paul Mahon does his darndest to ape the riffs and licks of his guitar gods (albeit not very successfully). The band’s turn into ballad territory doesn’t do them many favours either. “Pride” fails to work even on an ironic basis, sounding more like Foreigner than Acca Dacca; whilst “Comfort Zone” is worthy of a modern-day Axl Rose in all his cornrow glory. Whilst it’s admirable for a hard rock band such as themselves to try and turn things down a notch, they really would have been better off trying a bluesier approach to the matter.

Even still, there’s fun to be had. It’s the upbeat, hook-laden numbers like opener “Demon Eyes” and “Walkin’ Mat” that will grab any rock fan’s attention- well produced and structured, the passion that the band put into this sound shines through and even dodgy lyrics like “Leave all the cocaine in my room, baby” are easily ignored with a good headbang. Tracks such as these on Everyday Demons are pure fun, and are great for releasing your inner Wayne Campbell.

Sadly, however, that’s all the band seem to be useful for at this stage of their career – their inspirers hold much more bearing in the Answer’s music than they deserve. Whilst the band have learned a thing or two about rocking arenas around the world opening for AC/DC on their Black Ice World Tour, they’re definitely not capable to take on such ambitions just yet. There’s definitely a market for The Answer, but don’t act surprised when people don’t respond so enthusiastically to the question.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2009



20855 Comments


I can't belive you actually passed this DavID. Why did you listen to it, since it would have been almost certain that you wouldn't have liked it?

DavID reviewing a hard rock album is akin to DavID reading a sports bulletin!

AtavanHalen
May 10th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Where do you get the idea that I hate hard rock?
Also, the album was sent to me. I write for a website, remember.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2009



20855 Comments


Ahhh, freebies. That explains it.

And I forgot, you don't hate hard rock, it's 1 armed men you hate. My bad.

AtavanHalen
May 10th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I would have thought the fact I rated The New Normal a 5 would be proof enough that I don't hate hard rock?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2009



20855 Comments


Ahh, who am I kidding. I'm just jealous you get freebies DavID.

What I meant to say was "Good review".

Damn you Brick.

AtavanHalen
May 10th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I also got MC Lars and Silversun Pickups this week. Good times.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2009



20855 Comments


I thought you already had the latter.

Changing subjects, I have been surprised to see lots of positive reviews for the new Little Birdy album around the traps. One even called it the album of the year so far!!!

AtavanHalen
May 10th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Didn't have a physical copy; which I do now (WA-HEYYYYYYY)
And you have to show me what clown called it album of the year.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2009



20855 Comments


F**k, can't recall now, but I'm talking Melbourne papers for certain. I think The Age gave it a 4/5, but they weren't the ones with the quote from memory. It may have been the freebie MX paper down here.

AtavanHalen
May 10th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

What a joke.

Douchebag
May 10th 2009



3624 Comments


It's not a bad album, it's just not original in the slightest. I give it about a 3, maybe a 3.5 if I could be bothered giving it more of a listen. (The Answer that is, not little birdy)This Message Edited On 05.11.09

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2009



7314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review that i generally agree with

lobby
May 10th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I agree with your premise but I enjoyed this...

edit: lol...mX....This Message Edited On 05.10.09

mickclince
May 22nd 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hmm it is extremely ironic that the activation e-mail i have just gotten came to my junk mail, as it rly supports the fact that this review is exactly that. You clearly know nothing about this genre, not only is this band THE ANSWER, the best band in at least 10 yrs, this album IS the best album of the year and you have rly let yourself down with this meesly 2.5 review

AtavanHalen
May 22nd 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Um...what?



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