Brilliant acoustic version of hard rock music's lost classic
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Since: Oct 08
#1 Dec 31, 2008
Some of regulars from the message board community at Metal Sludge may slag on Donnie Vie from time to time, but that has nothing to do with the mans artistic ability. It probably has more to do with Enuff ZNuff's general approach to the music business (which is often confusing and disjointed) and maybe about a few of his whacky MySpace rants. Overall, Enuff ZNuff has built a passionate fan base that is eager for more music and even more performances. But they are frustrated. And I know I am one of them!
One of Donnies solo albums had been sent to me months ago, and I kinda blew it off. My bad! On Extra Strength, Donnie Vie masterfully recreates a classic Enuff ZNuff album Strength but all acoustic. The stripped down songs demonstrate strength (how fitting) and vulnerability. Opener Heaven or Hell has a few extra layers, but for the most part Extra Strength is just a man, a guitar, his voice, and sometimes a piano. To summarize in one simple word - brilliant!
Extra Strength is a timely reminder that behind Enuff ZNuffs glamorous façade there are some very strong songwriters. Classic Rock Magazine UK
Mr. Vie has created a great record, which pays tribute to the original 1991 masterpiece and yet has something new to offer. The songs that work best are surprisingly the electric Missing You and The World is a Gutter.- Revelationz.net
The title track Strength has always been superb and here, instead of the mellotron laden original Vie chooses to utilize piano and strings to serve up a haunting, stark arrangement. You can hear the crack in his voice, and almost see the tears in the eye.- HardRockHouse.com
Buy Extra Strength directly from Donnie Vie's website - www.donnievie.com .
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