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Dissonance
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Enuff Z誰uff
Dissonance
independent (Limited Edition version)
2008
Hard Rock
Mark Balogh
www.enuffznuff.com
www.myspace.com/znuff
Rating:
4.5 stars

For me it痴 always been about the songs when it comes to ENUFF Z誰UFF. For that reason the new album Dissonance is a marked improvement over the groups previous album ? (2004). Although it seems that the days of Strength are gone they certainly aren稚 far behind when you put a record like 泥issonance up against it.

The band, which is recently reunited with original singer Donnie Vie, sound urgent right from the first cords of title track 泥issoance which opens the album. The song is more in the modern vein as the band has sounded in the recent past but the group sounds hungry and more passionate again, more so than anything heard on the ? CD that痴 for sure. Also added into the mix on this record are the guitars of JAKE E. LEE (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS), who helped out the band in the studio for the recording of the new record.

鏑azy Dazy follows the lead track with a more modern riff-based vibe. The vocals of Vie are in fine shape and his JOHN LENNON-esque tone has always been a key point for the group.

Tracks like 笛oni Lynn which harkens back to the bands Strength sound and 滴igh are more strong points in a record chock full of quality tunes.

迭ollaway is possibly one of the best ENUFF Z誰UFF tracks to come along since the bands early days and as any good EZN song does it makes you get lost within it. I can think of a few BEATLES songs that make me feel that way and these guys have always been able to capture that vibe on their best work. That to me is a sign of a great songwriting team just like Lennon & McCartney were.

The record謡hich is a limited edition of a proper release that is forthcoming容nds with 鼎hicago which features Chip Z誰uff taking over on lead vocals and although the songs a little bit of a different sound sonically than the rest of record it works and is a fitting end to the CD. I wonder if the band will add any tracks to the record when it痴 finally released properly because at nine tracks it really make you want to hear more.

ENUFF Z誰UFF has never really put out a horrible album預nd even the worst EZN record, which is better than the average bands best work has it痴 high points just due to the fact these guys know how to write a song. But Dissonance is certainly a very high point in the bands career so far. So look for this record when it is properly released in the coming months and hopefully this group will finally get even just a small amount of the accolades it deserves someday.


Band Lineup:
  • Donnie Vie Lead Vocals, Guitars
  • Chip Z誰uff Bass, Background Vocals, Lead Vocals (on 鼎hicago)
  • Vinnie Castaldo - Drums
  • Jake E. Lee - Guitars

 

Track Listing:
  1. Dissonance
  2. Lazy Dazy
  3. Joni Lynn
  4. Altered States
  5. High
  6. Fine Line
  7. Rollaway
  8. Playground
  9. Chicago

 

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