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Much to enthral, explore and absorb across the nine universally excellent songs.

Made up of the Enchant pair Bob Madsen (bass) and Brian Cline (vocals/guitar) alongside Kenny Steel (guitar), 'Still Looking For The Answers' is 41point9's debut release of what can best be described as progressive rock come AOR. Now I know that what that tag conjures up is the pompous, keyboard laden fare of Asia; however in truth that is not even remotely close to the type of thing that this complex, yes accessible trio serve up.

Pleasantly hard to tie down in terms of inspiration or genre, one of the few bands who sprung to mind as I waded through the deep, dense themes on 'SLFTA' was Dear Mr President (or as they became known, Flesh + Blood), but more in terms of atmosphere and genre blending than actual style. Helped on this album by a trio of talented drummers - Spock's Bearder's Nick D'Virgilio and Jimmy Keegan as well as jazz percussionist extraordinaire Dave Weckl, 41point9 are never short of a tangential time change. However the overall vibe is one full of restrained melody and smooth passages which beguile rather than startle.

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It is an unusual concoction, but one (once given the time to sink in) which really does make a lasting impact. There's the odd sprinkle of Peter Gabriel in the manner in which the songs are constructed and even a hint of 'Discipline' era King Crimson, but even these references are extremely fleeting, with the sound never staying still for too long. There's an argument that the compelling music that features on 'Still Looking For The Answers' may not be progressive enough for the prog-heads, melodic enough for the MHR aficionados, or rock enough for the metal crowd. However anyone who classes themselves as a follower of any of these genres will find much to enthral, explore and absorb across the nine universally excellent songs on this album.

Steven Reid

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