Long-time or regular readers of KPL will know that I've got a lot of love for The Answering Machine. First album Another City, Another Sorry was a delectable and varied set of pop rock treats that in a just world would have been taken to the hearts of many more people. However, indications suggest that second LP Lifeline is about to blow it, and all competition, out of the water.
A perfectly constructed pop song that's full of heart, the lead single/title track sees the fuzzy guitars toned down in order to provide more space for Gemma's melodic bass. The light and glimmering keyboards which flesh out 'Lifeline' provide a sonic link to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and deserves to gain The Answering Machine as many adoring followers.
It may be really early to predict these things, especially when we've not heard the full album, but providing The Answering Machine have packed Lifeline out with tracks as good as this and 'Animals' they could be on track for one of the very best albums of 2011.
**EDIT: You can now watch the video right here**