In my opinion, this is by far the best CKY album yet. It’s so different from all the other albums they have done. All i have to say is that this is an amazing album and everyone should buy it. It’s awesome.
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this cd was one of the greatest cds that i’ve heard in a long time. i believe that cKy is one of the best bands today in their genre. they are able to improve on their cds every time, they will not allow sloppyness from themselves and put it out onto a cd. also, they play music because of their love for music, they dont play just for the money. here is my view of the songs
suddenly tragic – probably the best rock song on the cd, its a really good opening song to a cd, catchy, but cant compare to 96 quite bitter beings
the way you lived – kinda a slow song, very well set up, not my favorite on the cd, but i listen to it everytime
dressed in decay – very catchy chorus guitar and drums, this song is a very good song about not being a anorexic or bulemic person,lol
familiar realm – the first single off of the cd, very great song that everyone will like, its one of my favorite on the cd
all power to slaves – very catchy music to it,decent lyrics, an overall good song
triple manic state – probably tied for my favorite with suddenly tragic, very catchy opening, the best solo on the cd, its the 2nd most metal song on their cd i think, next to sniped
behind the screams – this is a great song to show how well of a guitar player chad and deron are, dont know who pay this though, its an instrumental on an acoustic with not bass or drums, this is really good guitar work
deciet is striking gold – catchy title, more like old school cKy, the music flows very well with the lyrics
as the tables turn – an average song, kinda slows down in the middle, not my favorite, but i like it
sniped – the most metal song on the cd, the lyrics and the music at the chorus are really cool and flow really well, somethimes i cant understand the lyrics, but i really like the song
dont hold your breath – the last song on the cd, similar pace as close yet far, really grat slow song, even though the lyrics are kinda sad about ditiching some one you love, lol. this song is really great ender to the cd.
this is the best cKy cd in my opinion, i like it a lot, you wont be disappointed buy buying this cd. it’s a change from IDR but that’s a good thing, you don’t want the pretty much same cd over again
As a loyalist to cKy and a member of the Ålliance, I’m imposed to be biased. So what. This IS the rock album of the year. What the unistar graders don’t have is a concept of music. POP music will fade… cky is not POP. They are eternal. And Vern only recorded on I.D.R. Before that, Chad and Deron did bass, as they did on this album. Idiot. And the riffs are kind of common, but not really. “All Power to Slaves” is (from what I’ve heard), the sequel to “Escape from Hellview” (sequel to “96 Quite Bitter Beings”). And from listening to APtS, You kind of get a nostalgic felling of “96QBB” and “Escape”. Plus, cKy is ever changing. Just go from “Volume 1″ to “Answer”. They keep changing just so slightly, but still staying cKy. This is why I say the best is here and yet to come. Because when you hear cKy, you should think improving perfection.
Oh, and by the way, “Force.Change.Now” is meant for people to open their minds and stop being conformists. Not “Let us on MTV because we’re rebels.” Maybe you nay-sayers should take this theory to heart…
I have had this album for a while now but I just decided to write a review on it. I was happy that CKY had a new album out, so I bought it. It was awesome. There are a lot of guitar solos on this album, which is good in a way. I enjoy almost every track on this album.
1. Suddenly Tragic: 5/5. This song is very catchy, and the solo is pretty cool.
2. The Way You Lived: 3/5. This is pretty catchy, but it’s also quite slow. But it’s still okay.
3. Dressed in Decay: 5/5. I like this song a lot. I didn’t really like it unitl I actually took the time to listen to it.
4. Familiar Realm: 5/5. This was the first single off of this album. It’s very good, catchy, and I think some people can relate to the lyrics.
5. All Power To Slaves: 5/5. This is one of the best songs on the album. I love the solo. The whole song is really catchy.
6. Tripled Manic State: 5/5. This song is also one of my favorites on the album. It is so catchy and what makes it different from other songs is that the verses are fast and the chorus is slow. Usually a verse is slower than the chorus. But whatever. It’s a great song.
7. Behind the Screams: 5/5. This is a classical style melody with no drums or anything. It is all instrumental. This is very peaceful and relaxing.
8. Deceit is Striking Gold: 4/5. I like the intro to this song. The intro sounds familiar but I don’t remember where I heard it before. But it’s a great song.
9. As the Tables Turn: 4/5. This song is awesome. I didn’t really appreciate it until I heard it from start to finish. My only complaint is that the guitar solo doesn’t really fit the rest of the song.
10. Sniped: 2/5. This is by far the heaviest song on the entire album. I had no idea what Deron was growling. But I guess it’s okay if you like heavier stuff.
11. Don’t Hold Your Breath: 3/5. This is a nice slow song. It’s no “Close Yet Far”, but I still like it.
So, buy this album because it is one of CKY’s best.
For over 8 years now, CKY has fought tooth and nail to maintain their raw, truthful and honest selves both as individuals and a band. From the homegrown, riff-driven efforts of “Volume 1″, to the simplistic and hard hitting “Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild”, and now to the giant, riffing beast that is “An Ånswer Can Be Found”, CKY once again has done what only CKY can do, record an album that not only surpasses the others, but one that also yet again defies the naysayers and critics that would rather see CKY just go away because they bring too much originality to the table. Deron Miller, Chad Ginsburg, and Jess Margera are as unrestrained on this record as any before it; and they are in top form. This record is a completely different outing from the other two, and those without an open mind may have difficulty adapting in the new direction this album takes us, but there is much to be found in the 11 tracks on this album.
The first thing you notice when you pick up the album is the minimalistic artwork. To the average person, it may not look like much. But the angstrom symbol (Å) donning the cover stands for the “Ålliance” – the global network of fans who spend their own blood, sweat and tears supporting CKY in their own way. The fans that continue the demand for a change in music. This album is dedicated to these loyal fans, with whom the band stays connected with through the official website (which is also maintained by fans of the band) at ckyalliance.com. Even the title itself sparks something of a personal meaning to any individual that reads it, the feeling from it inspires hope and is self-empowering. Perhaps the “answer” is yourself, something within, or the way this band does what it does.
All the tracks were recorded and mixed by Chad Ginsburg, who wears many different hats in the role of the band. Ginsburg, who poured countless hours in the studio meticulously checking each track to ensure 100% CKY quality and perfection, brings about a level of respect that should be given to him and the band, even if you don’t like their music. It’s highly rare, if not impossible, to find anyone else doing this very thing in the music industry. There is no stooge checking in and asking to remove this solo, that track, change these words, use this artwork. None of that. Ginsburg oversees all aspects of recording, and the result is a more true offering that is untouched by the label, as how it has been with everything they have ever done and will continue to do.
But just what is CKY? What do they sound like? That is one of the hardest questions to answer about the band, because they don’t sound like anything else out there. Ask any fan of the band and they’ll all tell you “just listen to them!”. They can go from fast, chugging riffs (Sporadic Movement, My Promiscuous Daughter, Sniped) to slow and mellow tracks (Close Yet Far, Behind the Screams, Don’t Hold Your Breath) at a moments notice. Deron Miller, the brainchild of CKYs monstrous, catchy riffs has really come into his own with the work on “An Ånswer Can Be Found”, evolving and refining himself over time since the days of “Volume 1″. The most noticeable change from the last album to this album is that there are no synth keyboards at all, and that there are guitar solos. Ginsburg handled all the solos on the record. With influences ranging from Joe Satriani, and Yngwie Malmsteen, he proves that great rock and roll solos and the art of shredding has not been lost in today’s nu-metal world.
At the meat of this review, the music, clocks in at just about 40 mintues total. The band likes to keep their albums between 30-45 minutes, because they believe thats the “perfect” length for an album. Not too short, and not too long. Straight and to the point. “Suddenly Tragic” opens up the album, ripping right into your ears with hard and heavy guitars. Margera lays down the beat with an old school feel, complimenting the melodic guitar lines of Miller and Ginsburg. Within the lyrics lie some of Millers simple yet true to life messages of “use the height of confidence, to break the common ground; beyond a bad experience, an answer can be found.” “The Way You Lived” brings back a certain vibe and surrealness of the fan favorite “To All Of You” from Volume 1. The fuzzdriven guitars take you on a slow melodic run all throughout this song, which contains a haunting chorus and catchy riff which almost feels like a short soundtrack to a dream. “Familiar Realm” the first single from this album is reminiscent of “Flesh Into Gear” from Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild. You can really hear the progression in Millers vocal abilities in this track, most noticeably on the chorus and the outro where there are variations on the vocals. “All Power To Slaves” is a hard hitting track that once again puts Millers vocals and the combined efforts of Miller/Ginsburgs guitar/engineer work on display. The line screamed by Miller “All power to SLAAAAAAAVES” will stick with you.
A little over halfway through the album at track 7, it breaks off into an interlude, aptly titled “Behind the Screams”. This short minute and a half acoustic track provides the perfect breather point as well as serve up some sweet acoustic stylings with a classical flair. This proves that there really is more to Deron Miller, and hopefully we can see more songs like this in the future. However the song feels too short, and perhaps could have been a little longer. “Deceit is Striking Gold” is perhaps the bands most “different” track from everything they’ve ever done. Margera really keeps things flowing on this track with the drums, probably his best recording on the album, even though he has really stepped it up in this album overall. “As The Tables Turn” provides more great Miller riffs with an ending containing one of the most catchy and epic guitar lines heard since possiby “Disengage the Simulator”. Very memorable and very melodic, as is the closing track “Don’t Hold Your Breath”. This song is so beautiful that you almost wouldn’t believe that this is CKY, complete with intertwining acoustic and electric guitars under Miller’s smooth vocals.
The production quality is top notch, the guitar playing is spot on, and the sequencing is tight. The move from “Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild” to “An Answer Can Be Found” is a big one, and you owe it to yourself and the band to check it out. This album has originality flowing from every pore; truth and honesty from the lyrics, and a take no prisoners attitude, it’s just “CKY” being who they are.