ENUFF Z’NUFF – Enuff Z’Nuff [Rock Candy Remastered +2]
Rock Candy Records has ‘Remastered & Reloaded’ the two first major label releases of ENUFF Z’NUFF, both really enjoyable pieces of melodic hard rock music.
Their 1989 self-titled “Enuff Z’Nuff” was marketed as a hair-metal album, but actually shares more common ground with power-pop / melodic rock luminaries Cheap Trick and Sweet than with the lipstick-and-leather crowd.
Formed near the sprawling metropolis of Chicago during the mid 80s, this four man outfit featured two central characters in songwriters Donnie Vie and Chip Z’Nuff. Brothers in all but name, they were feted as the Lennon and McCartney of the hard rock scene.
Signed to Atco Records in a whirl of activity, the band recorded this, their groundbreaking major debut album on home turf crafting one of the best albums of the era. A record so good, that even hard nosed rock critics for Rolling Stone magazine hailed it as a sensation.
Musically the band mined a luxurious fusion of melodic hard rock and catchy power pop. It was as if Cheap Trick had joined forces with Bon Jovi.
“Enuff Z’Nuff” boasts one of the best power-pop singles of the late ’80s with “New Thing,” which features Donnie Vie’s raspy vocals set against a backdrop of whimsical guitar-powered melody.
“For Now” captures more of the same magic that makes this album so refreshing, while the hit “Fly High Michelle” reveals the band’s fondness for psychedelic ballads.
The contemplative “I Could Never Be Without You” is wonderful, while tracks such as ‘Hot Little Summer Girl’, ‘Kiss The Clown’ and the epic ‘In The Groove’ took a tired format and utterly reinvented the the melodic rock sound of the late ’80s.
Great remaster by Rock Candy on an album which deserves much more respect, it’s a really, really melodic and catchy effort. Additionally, there’s 2 bonus tracks recorded live showing Enuff Z’Nuff’s power on stage.
01 – New Thing
02 – She Wants More
03 – Fly High Michelle
04 – Hot Little Summer Girl
05 – In The Groove
06 – Little Indian Angel
07 – For Now
08 – Kiss The Clown
09 – I Could Never Be Without You
10 – Finger On The Trigger
11 – Fly High Michelle (Live)
12 – New Thing (Live)
Donnie Vie – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
Chip Z’Nuff – bass, guitars, vocals
Derek Frigo – lead guitar
Vikki Fox – drums
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