ENUFF Z NUFF '?' Perris Records (2004)
Enuff Z Nuff define underrated in that they release quality albums but
sadly never really break out of their loyal fanbase, a fact not helped by
the amount of record labels they’ve been through since the mid-90’s. This
album sees the original line-up back with Derek Frigo back on guitar and
Vicci Fox on drums (recent drummer Ricky Parent also appears).
It’s what you’d expect from Enuff Z Nuff - finely crafted pop rock tunes, full of
melody and at times barbed lyrics. Just listen to the harmonies on
‘Gorgeous’ or the band’s Beatles leanings show through on ‘Home Tonight’.
‘Harleya’ kicks in with a fast riff and again it has got a catchy chorus.
Mellower moments are represented by ‘How Are You?’ and then there is ‘Joni
Woni (Likes To Ride The Pony) - I’ll leave you to guess what this song is
about... There is even a storming cover of Queen’s ‘Stone Cold Crazy’
(Metallica take note!).
One of the bands better releases (and seeing as most of their albums are
better than many band that isn’t faint praise) and certainly worth hearing
for lovers of quality pop rock.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly