Title - 'Covered in Gold' (Cleopatra Records)
Artist - Enuff Z'Nuff
Enuff Z'Nuff (a pronunciation respelling of "enough's enough"), is an American hard rock band from Blue Island, Illinois. Founded by singer Donnie Vie and bassist Chip Z'Nuff, this Chicago area band is best known for their charting singles 'Fly High Michelle' and 'New Thing'.
Enuff Z'Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 25 years and this year they are releasing their first covers album ever recorded in their 30-year history!
The 14-track record honors the diverse influences that inspired the band and also includes fan-favorite songs often heard in the band's live sets.
Twenty albums and countless concerts later, Enuff Z'nuff features Chip Z'nuff (bass); Johnny Monaco (vocals, guitar); Eric Donner (drums).
Covered In Gold kicks-off with 'Everything Works If You Let It,' a song previously recorded by Cheap Trick, and then back that with both a lacklustre 'Stone Cold Crazy' (Queen) and then a note-for-note 'She Sells Sanctuary' (The Cult). With Monaco's gravel-toned vocals suited more to the former and the latter re: Nirvana's 'All Apologies,' the interesting choice of 'Believe It Or Not' (The Greatest American Hero theme, back then composed by Mike Post - music - and Stephen Geyer - lyrics - and sung by American singer Joey Scarbury) is next.
A distorted David Bowie cover of 'The Jean Genie' brings the band back into the album's good graces, with a questionable 'Run For Your Life' (The Beatles) up next. A well-designed Karaoke cover of Prince's 'When Doves Cry' is next, before a weirdly slowed-down Smokey Robinson & The Miracles' 'Tears of a Clown,' a GREAT Billy Squier's 'Stroke,' and a cover of David Lee Roth's 'Yankee Rose' that sounds like KISS!
An interesting, and yet rather good 'Jealous Guy' (John Lennon) is next, and actually manages to come off sounding more like a young Elvis Costello & The Attractions contribution. And then the album rounds out with two bonus tracks: The Beatles' 'You've Got To Hide Your Love Away' (live on Howard Stern), and then finally a live and unplugged in London version of Enuff Z'Nuff's first single released from their self-titled album back in 1989, 'New Thing.'