December 19, 2022

Enuff Z’nuff is a hard rock band that seems to have been with us forever, with Finer Than Sin being the band’s 17th album in a career that has glittered but also seen a few dark moments too – but throughout Chip Z’nuff has been an ever present and standard bearer for this rather fine American band.

The group started out in 1984 when both the world and music scene were very different, but bassist Chip and vocalist Donnie Vie had a definite idea about what they wanted and found kindred souls in guitarist Gino Martino and bassist B W Boeski. As years passed musicians came and went, with Donnie Vie leaving the band in 2002 only to return for the period from 2008 to 2013 – which rather obviously means that Chip is now the only remaining original member which has allowed him to stamp his authority on the band whilst remaining faithful to the original Enuff Z’nuff sound. The current team sees Chip adding vocals (since 2016) to his bass duties with Tory Stoffregen on lead guitar, Tony Fennell on guitar and vocals and Daniel Benjamin Hill on drums. If you want to have a little fun then check out the band history to see the comings and goings, and if Wikipedia is to be believed then we are now on Enuff Z’nuff Mk 21 which is totally mind boggling. It’s also complicated by musicians leaving and returning with both Stoffregen and Fennell being in their second stints wit the band but let’s hope that the future will bring a little more stability.

The last album was the Beatles cover record, Hardrock Nite, in 2021 which was very enjoyable with Chip Z’nuff so obviously having a love of all things Lennon & McCartney, and this has very much had a great influence on his songwriting and delivery – and I would also imagine that Sgt. Pepper is an ever present on his record deck at home! The band trades under the hard rock banner but there is a core of pop music throughout everything that they do which gives the band a very radio friendly delivery with music full of divine vocal harmonies and delicious hooks that draw you into the band’s power pop world. In truth, the band is far more of a melodic rock outfit than hard rock, but this has been a style that has always worked for them and the fanbase has always remained loyal regardless of the changes in the line-up as well as the changing music fads over the years.

If you’re looking for heavy metal or grunge influenced alt-rock then look elsewhere as this is not Enuff Z’nuff’s style, but what Finer Than Sin does deliver is superior melodic rock with superbly controlled and delivered guitar, chunky riffs and Chip’s intriguing vocals which always provide comfort and warmth allied with hook laden and perfectly served up songs making this another slice of AOR heaven. There is a big surprise which will surely have all fans commenting, in the cover of the Sex Pistols’ Good Save The Queen. The vitriol, spite and anger of John Lydon and friends may be missing but it is still a vital and mesmerising song and Enuff Z’nuff give it an interesting twist even while staying quite close to the original version.

Enuff Z’nuff will not change the world but they still provide quite a kick and, Sex Pistols apart, you know what you are going to get and that is always excellent melodic rock.

Finer Than Sin

  1. Sound Check (2:44)
  2. Catastrophe (4:48)
  3. Steal The Light (4:35)
  4. Lost And Out Of Control (4:50)
  5. Intoxicated (4:16)
  6. Hurricane (6:40)
  7. Trampoline (3:59)
  8. Temporarily Disconnected (4:36)
  9. God Save The Queen (3:22)
  10. Reprise (1:27)