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The Answer / Dead Daisies live review - Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review

Venue: Electric Balroom, London

Two sides of the rock’n’roll coin tossed together: the adventurous and experimental versus the traditional and unreconstructed

It probably seemed like a great idea when it first occurred to their respective booking agents: a joint tour by The Answer and the Dead Daisies. Two purveyors of good-time raunch’n’roll on the same bill – what’s not to like?

The problem is that with their latest album, Solas, The Answer have undergone something of a transformation. Instead of no-frills boogie, there’s a more mature, adventurous sound that in places posits them as a blues-rock band with one ear attuned to the textural richness and sonic abandon of Radiohead, and another to Neil Young in mad, grizzled mode. Whereas the Dead Daisies – perhaps not unexpectedly, given their former employ as sidemen for, variously, Whitesnake, Mötley Crüe, Thin Lizzy, Billy Idol and Ozzy Osbourne – appear not to have got the memo. On their latest record, Make Some Noise, they’re still, albeit thrillingly in parts, in thrall to hard rock at its most bombastically effective and anthemically simple.

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