Soul, pop and smooth contemporary funk is exactly what THE ANSWER! is. This is the band’s first EP Prelude to THE ANSWER! that is a prelude to their upcoming full-length album release. The band hails from Croatia and has already experienced some USA and UK radio airplay with their first single release, “If I Had U,” which is a romantic ballad of seduction and is chock-full of sexual innuendos and smooth jazz vibes. You can’t help but fall into this super smooth song while listening.
The second track on the release is “Where Is Our Love,” which is a bit more slowed down and lacks the happy lovey-dovey-ness of the first track. It starts off with a downplayed jazz tempo and the vocalist repetitively asks, “where is our love,” and goes on to illustrate a sad scene; “my eyes are filled with tears, everyday they cry.” The song is truly gifted with truth and serious passion and as the song goes on the sweet piano keys and the simple percussion uplifts our souls and remind us that love is THE ANSWER! The chorus gets catchy and the super reflective “where is our love” seems to just roll of the tongue of the singer and I am intrigued to sing along and submit to the pain and heartache.
Unlike the previous track, “Get Up” has that authentic breakdown funk vibe. The instruments and effects are in collective vibrations in an attempt to “get up, get up for your love.” The lyrics show us that the song is about love but in its least ideal form; “I gave you the whole world and you asked for more… I just cannot fight you anymore." There is a nice harmonization of the vocals and as the song progresses the song gains momentum and the “love” grows.
Prelude to THE ANSWER! is a true embodiment of smooth and intriguing jazz in a relevant and contemporary form. The style of the vocalist is so rich and exudes great talent that raises the bar on each song. Sound quality is great and anyone interested in funk or jazz music will greatly enjoy this collection of well-produced fusion tracks.
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