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Enuff Z’Nuff – Finer than Sin

Enuff Z’Nuff
Finer than Sin
by Fred “Cage” Bonanno at 06 February 2023, 2:47 PM

What can I tell you about a band that just released their seventeenth full length studio album, “Finer than Sin” on November 11, 2022. Well, here goes, ENUFF Z’NUFF formed in 1984 in Blue Island, Illinois as "ENOUGH Z'NUFF." The band soon grew a live following and recorded their first demo songs, some of which would be officially released later in their career. Changing permanently to their current name and releasing their self-titled debut album in 1989. The band had their big breakthrough with two chart topping hits in the early 90’s with the psychedelic-flavored pop rock songs “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle”, although the band expressed disappointment in being tagged with the “glam rock” label feeling they were more “power rock”. As expected, a band that been around for 38 plus years have seen their share of members come and go with the only constant being remaining original member Chip Z’Nuff (Gregory Rybarski) who took over lead vocals in 2020 from Donnie Vie (1984-2020).

“Soundcheck” opens the album with a fluffy instrumental of a mix of wailing guitar and a pleasant riff. Next up is “Catastrophe”, a mid-tempo, drippy tune with a 70’s pop sound, the tone of this song is bewildering since it’s about drugs “The crack and the cocaine and the LSD, steal all the energy, it’s more than a crime, you’ve lost every dime, it’s a catastrophe”, I’m thinking this is done as tongue in cheek, maybe? On to track three “Steal the Light” again a catchy chorus and happy, sunshine in your face riffs and melody, the same thing can be said about “Lost and out of Control”, although has a little bit more rocking beat. If ENUFF Z’NUFF wanted to dispel the “glam rock” label, these first four songs aren’t  going to do it, they are soft and dreamy with silky and pleasing enough vocals, just nothing here to attract the hard rock community, and maybe that’s what they strived to accomplish. “Hurricane” definitely does not resemble a strong destructive storm, it’s a leisurely paced tempo and beat with playful riffs and vocals. On to the cover of THE SEX PISTOLS and their trademark anthem “God Save the Queen”, it’s hard to do justice to a punk band without the anger and aggression, and there just isn’t any of that in this song.

As you’ve probably already gathered from my review so far, I’m not impressed with this album. I’ve seen ENUFF Z’NUFF live and in concert several times (always as an opening act), so I kind of knew what to expect and they didn’t surprise me in the least. They are what they are, a glam/pop band, plain and simple. They’re mellow, pleasant and charming with very catchy and infectious chorus lines and toe tapping riffs. If you have been a fan in the past, you’ll most likely love this album, if you’re like me and need a little more heaviness, a little more edge, than this is not for you.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production : 7

3 Star Rating

1. Soundcheck
2. Catastrophe
3. Steal the Light
4. Lost and out of Control
5. Intoxicated
6. Hurricane
7. Trampoline
8. Temporarily Disconnected
9. God Save the Queen
10. Reprise
Chip Z’Nuff (Gregory Rybarski) – lead vocals, bass
Tory Stoffregen – lead guitar, backing vocals
Daniel B. Hill – drums, percussion
Tony Fennell – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Record Label: Frontiers Music SRL


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