Enuff Znuff releases near-perfect
***1/2 (of five)
By Jeffrey LaCour
Daily Cougar Staff
Enuff Znuff has been rocking the music
scene since 1989 with some of the best pop rock songs this side of the
Beatles. The band's latest effort, 10, its 10th album, will not
be a disappointment for fans of the band's Beatle-esque feel mixed with
a '70s pop sound.
Donnie Vie (vocals), Chip Znuff (bass),
Ricky Parent (percussion) and Monico (lead guitar), have put out their
best album since their debut over a decade ago.
This is a great album with an abundance
of catchy pop tunes and hooking guitar riffs that will have fans singing
along to every track.
The first track, "There Goes My Heart,"
is a catchy love ballad that shows the singer's true emotion when he loses
the love of his life. It is a touching and emotional song that sets the
tone for the rest of the album.
"Wake Up," easily the best song on the
album, could be one that establishes Enuff Znuff as a bona fide rock band.
It has all the elements that could make it a classic. The lyrics are pretty
straightforward, "If you've got love, hang on to it," but the arrangement
varies a little, making this one of the album's most memorable tunes.
The laid-back "The Beast" is actually a
short autobiographical story about how Donnie Vie lives his life. It has
a timeless sound that conveys the message about how he feels people should
live their lives.
The band's optimism shines through on at
least two tracks. "Holiday" talks about hope for a wasted life and "Bang
On" is a very upbeat song about having a great time at a party and hanging
out with a group of friends.
Aside from the great sounding songs, the
band has some surprises as well, including a cover of David Bowie's eclectic
song "The Jean Glove." It also features Billy Corgan, lead singer of Smashing
Pumpkins, who plays guitar on a cover of Cheap Trick's "Everything Works
if You Let It."
10 is a great album that fans of
British pop music will love. All of the songs are good. The only drawback
is that kids may not like the older sound and laid-back attitude.