Saturday, August 30, 2014

CD Review: Enuff Z'nuff Reaches For "Gold" with New Covers Album

It has been thirty years since glam rockers Enuff Z'nuff came onto the music scene and twenty-five years since the release of their best selling debut album. The band is known in the U.S. for the MTV video hits "New Thing" and "Fly High Michelle," but have had a consistent growth in Japan over the last fifteen years. Recently it has become the formula for bands from the "hair metal" days to release a covers album to give praise to the bands and songs they admired as well as showcase their talents with songs that the general public may know to remind the fans how good these band still are.

Enuff Z'nuff's latest album is entitled "Covered In Gold" and features a dozen cover songs that the band feel a connection with in recording. Beginning a cover of Cheap Trick's "Everything Works If You Let It," which sounds as if could have been an addition to their debut album. It has that classic Enuff Z'nuff psychedelic metal appeal of their early days. They turn the "Greatest American Hero" theme song ""Believe It Or Not" into pop/rock magic that should be a radio comeback hit for the band. They seem to have fun with The Beatles' "Run For Your Life" as the band's sound loose and relaxed on this gem. Some of the songs that don't work as well is their spot on cover of Nirvana's "All Apologies" as more could have been done with this song. Another one that misses its mark is their cover of David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose." It's more to display guitarist Johnny Monaco's skills then it is to add any depth to the band's sound. One of the surprise covers that works so well is Prince's "When Doves Cry" as the band turn it into a smoldering metal magic as everyone is in fine form. The album adds a couple of bonus songs, including an acoustic cover of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and a live unplugged version of their hit single "New Thing."

The new album "Covered In Gold" was released on August 19th through Dead Line Music in association with Cleopatra Records. Enuff Z'nuff have a few live dates left on their calendar, to find out more, please visit enuffznuff.com.

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