THE ANSWER – Everyday Demons (2009)

The Answer - Everyday Demons It does not take a long time to listen to The Answer’s latest album, Everyday Demons, before you see exactly why they’ve been opening for AC/DC on their current tour. They play, quite simply, rock and roll. And I don’t mean any kind of rock and roll. I mean the kind of stuff that’ll easily warm the hearts of Angus and Malcolm Young. There’s no hints of prog here. There’s no odd meters, no guest vocalists and no sampling. There is, of course, the obligatory forgettable ballad (Comfort Zone), but the fact that the band opted to include it on the album is in of itself a testament to their dedication of the rock and roll template. There’s also a healthy amount of guitar solos and lyrics about demons and paranoia. Again, expected. But well delivered.

The most obvious thing to compare this to (in terms of recent releases – everything else is beyond self-explanatory) is the self-titled album by Wolfmother. But there’s a strange temporal divide if you listen to the albums in close proximity to one another. Wolfmother’s album sounds is though it’s emanating from the 1970’s. It feels genuinely from that era, even down the wonderfully retro cover art. The Answer, however, sound decidedly modern sounding. Sure, Cormac Neeson wails much like Brian Johnson, and the riffs here all sound as though they’ve been unearthed from some long-hidden rock vault, but the production is incredibly crisp; the drums cut through the mix as though it was butter, and the guitar tones wouldn’t be out of place on a Nickelback album. Compare that to the Wolfmother album; everything there sounds warm. The guitars are nice and fuzzy and the drums, while punchy, sit back more in the mix. Hell, even the cowbell in Woman sounds genuinely vintage.

It’s quite a good thing that The Answer sound a lot better than Nickelback. And Everyday Demons is enjoyable, to an extent. When the band really let things loose, like on Too Far Gone or the awesome album closer, Evil Man, it’s hard to stop your foot from tapping and your head from nodding. However, absorbing the entire album in one sitting is a bit tiring; The Answer’s biggest weakness may be that they’re a bit too unwavering in their rock and roll devotion. Aside from the ballad, the album never really switches gears. Granted, that might be fine for you. If it’s not, well, you know where you can turn: Wolfmother. Or AC/DC. Or Led Zeppelin. Or…

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One Response to “THE ANSWER – Everyday Demons (2009)”

  1. […] like Unexpect or Estradasphere. The Answer’s latest album, Everyday Demons, was one that I didn’t much care for one way or the other. All this makes Karl Sanders’ second solo album, Saurian Exorcisms all […]

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