The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Question the Answers


5.0
classic

Review

by owl316 USER (21 Reviews)
October 30th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 1994's Question the Answers is an excellent album that is more focused and better produced then earlier albums and is worth a listen, even if you dislike ska punk.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones earlier work was very fast and very heavy, which led to them being labeled "ska-core." The plaid suited Boston based band were very influential to the later popular ska punk bands of the 90's, and although their appearance in the the 1995 movie "Clueless" and their popular "The Impression That I Get" single of 1997 helped in getting them noticed, the Bosstones just never got off as much as other groups. Despite this, the band has a large following that still results in sold out live shows and several artists citing them as an influence.

1994's Question the Answers is arguably the Bosstones at their finest. Compared to their 3 prior albums, this album is much better produced. It is also noticably more focused, with less emphasis on fast ska riffs and screaming. There is more balance in the playing, and the horns mix perfectly with the guitar and drums, which was a common criticism of the Bosstones earlier work that contained out of place horn work in some songs. Many fans will claim that's what made them great, but with this album, they successfully satisfied both arguing sides.

The album opens with "Kinder Words", which is honestly one of the best openers to any album ever. It starts out with a minute of guitar buzzing noise and a simple drum beat, and then kicks into a fast ska riff. It sounds similar to their early work, but the improved singing of frontman Dicky Barret and more focused playing makes it all the more different. The catchy chorus makes this the perfect skanking anthem for the Bosstones.

The rest of the album is fairly varied with its style. Songs like "365 Days" and "We Should Talk" are angry sounding ska-core laced songs that are very similar to Devil's Night Out era. The cookie monster sounding voice of Barret is what seems to makes them this way. On the other hand, songs like "Toxic Toast" and "A Dollar and a Dream" are smooth, jazzy numbers that makes the listener feel relaxed. "A Sad Silence" goes from a chilled reggae song with horns to heavy distorted power chords which is a signature of ska punk.

Perhaps the most appealing factor to this album (and the band overall) is the horn work. The Saxaphone, trumpet and trombone work very well with punk rock, and this album proves that. "Pictures to Prove It" alone will make any skeptic of horns going with rock easily change their mind, even if this song is the most basic example of the genre. "Jump Through Hoops" and "Dogs and Chaplain" are prime examples of the excellent horn work. "Hell of a Hat" is a great standout track because not only does it have a classic horn riff, but the muscianship is amazing, especially the outro of the song.

The album is very catchy, and the choruses will most likely not let you down. "Kinder words" and "Bronzing the Garbage" choruses will get stuck in your head. Lyrically, the album is still great, because the words flow so well with the music's sound and feel. Meaning wise, I think its as deep as you want it to be. Its pretty atypicial Bosstones material.

Question the Answers is a well crafted ska punk album from the 90's. Its weird to think this album was ahead of its time, since the ska punk craze didn't erupt until 1996, with bands like Reel Big fish, Less Than Jake, No Doubt and Goldfinger became really big. Still, one cannot ignore this album if you're a ska punk fan.



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Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2010


7503 Comments


Solid review mate. Pos.

owl316
October 31st 2010


83 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks man

Willie
Moderator
October 31st 2010


17214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I've only ever heard Let's Face It, and that was a good album. Good review too.



Off topic, I just checked my itunes and it looks like my Ska genre is totally gone (it was only these guys and Buck-o-Nine, but that still pisses me off).

Digging: August Burns Red - Phantom Anthem

PanasonicYouth
October 31st 2010


7413 Comments


if i remember correctly, lets face it shits allll over this

owl316
October 31st 2010


83 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Let's Face It is also really good, but most people overexaggerate on how good it is just because they heard "The Impression That I Get" and get all nostalgic on it and just assume its their best

BobMcflum
January 13th 2011


125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

never liked his voice for a ska band but this release was (and still is) a great release.

random
May 13th 2011


2648 Comments


Pictures To Prove It and Kinder Words are both boss.

Digging: Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner

mallen-
August 10th 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

holy shit this rules

deathschool
August 22nd 2014


21824 Comments


Rules [2]

deathschool
August 22nd 2014


21824 Comments


That's a hell of a hat that you're wearin'.

deathschool
August 22nd 2014


21824 Comments


There are users more qualified than me, but I'm down.

deathschool
August 28th 2014


21824 Comments


I dig this album more than Let's Face It, I think.

BMDrummer
August 28th 2014


13944 Comments


never jammed this one, dig these guys tho

deathschool
August 28th 2014


21824 Comments


You should check it. Rules.

BMDrummer
August 28th 2014


13944 Comments


their name is a pun on Boston btw, I've seen pictures of them in bars and restaurants all around that city

itchybuttwhore
August 28th 2014


94 Comments


bet the singer smokes a shit ton of cigarettes hehha

deathschool
December 14th 2014


21824 Comments


Jump through the Hoops is a pretty lame closer. Especially since every song up until it kicks its ass.

bungy
March 6th 2015


8999 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wish this had the hooks of Let's Face It



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