Saturday, February 7, 2015

CD Review: Chip Z'nuff Finds A "Strange Time" To Release A New Album

Eighties glam metal band Enuff Z'nuff hit it big with their self-titled debut album back in 1989, which perfectly captured the California metal sound of that era. Since then, they have never been able to duplicate that magic of the first album in the U.S., but band leader Chip Z'nuff has been hard at work over the last few years putting together his debut solo release "Strange Time." The album was released on February 3rd and features a load of special guests including Slash, Steven Adler, Robin Zander, Dale Bozzio and more. The album is also a departure from the "pop rock" of Enuff Z'uff as Chip brings in a heavier guitar sound with some psychedelic elements to the songs. The new ten-song release also includes a bonus five-song EP that was recorded as between Steven Adler and Chip Z'nuff.

The new album begins with the rays of "Sunshine" as Chip Z'nuff stays in familiar territory on this acoustic pop/rock number. He begins his journey in the psychedelic rock of "Rockstar," which features Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler's son, Biff on vocals. The six-minute adventure of "Strange Time" (co-written with Trent Reznor) is the perfect escape for Chip Z'nuff to take from his other band as the song carries a more alternative feel to his music. He pulls in the influence of the classic Electric Light Orchestra sound on "Still Love Your Face" and turns a country song "Strike Three" into a dark rocker. The album closes with a quick, crazy metal cover of The Kinks' "All Day And All Of The Night."

The five song EP that is tacked on to the end of the album rocks harder than the original album as Steven Adler's drumming motors the opener "My Town." Slash adds some guitar to the classic Sunset Strip feel of "Tonight We Met," before finishing with the magical Beatles' influenced "The Pain Is All On You," which features a writing credit to Paul McCartney. To find out more about Chip Z'nuff's debut solo release, please visit cleorecs.com.

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