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  • Audio CD (March 28, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Bird
  • ASIN: B00004SR09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let's start off by saying that this is a great album. There was a lot of ballyhoo when it was released about Billy returning to his roots and was back on track. Although it's a great album it's not as good as Signs of Life (the album that preceded it). It has a lot of energy but lacks a little of the creativity of Signs and Creatures of Habit. Do I recommend getting it? Of course!! If your a Billy fan you should own all of his stuff anyway, including the Piper cd's.
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I feel that this is one of his best works. All we Have to Give has some soaring keyboard work that balances perfectly with his very human vocals. The song is basically telling a friend that he may not be famous or successful forever but he will always care about the friend. At least thats how I interpret it. This sentiment would probably be echoed by a lot of people today who are in jobs where either they or a close friend are fired, and just trying to go on without that person can be hell. Another great song is Till its Over, which is like all we have to give but is darker in tone. It has kind of a medieval flare to it. I think it could have spurred a great music video if capital had been willing to spend the money. You can imagine lords and ladies on elegant horses and he is riding by with this lute in his hands, basically saying there is a higher truth than money, and it is irrespective of who is in power. My third favorite song from the album is Lady with a Tenor Sax, which kind of sounds like it was written for a movie. Once again, a bit dark and ironic, but the melody takes an unusual turn, and I would say it represents rather bold songwriting that may not have been common in its time, but is virtually nonexistant today. The one problem with the album is its rather depressing cover. A cover needs to be confident and bold, since merchandising is one of the prime ways to attract customers. Its too bad he couldn't have used the photo from Creatures of Habit, i.e., all black outfit with black background and part of a guitar in the foreground. This cd could have been a critical release in his career if it had been handled the right way. It could have been a turning point for him after the failed music video on his previous release.Read more ›
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Just got it today!! I love it!! A++++!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! Great!! Amazon has everything you could ever imagine or want!! Best music store imagined!! Incredible!! :o)
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In the 80's, musicians also doubled as actors. Any single had to have an accompanying video. A great video could propel a weak song to the top of the charts and make a mediocre band famous, while a horrible video for an establish artist's great song could end a career overnight. Unfortunately the later happened to Billy Squier with "Rock Me Tonite." Prior to this, he had a macho, t-shirt and blue jeans look, and played kick-a$$ songs with awesome hooks. "Rock Me Tonite" put in him a pink tank top, had him rolling around in satin sheets, and doing dome cringe-worthy dance moves. This was an image-killer that unfortunately and unfairly left a lingering mark on a stellar recording artist. Billy went on to say the video was a mistake and the focus should have been on the band, not him. And it's too bad because 1984's "Signs of Life" was an excellent album.

And that leads into 1986's "Enough's Enough." Billy spent two years working an album that he hoped would repair the bad PR image from the "Rock Me Tonite" video debacle. He hired a new producer (Peter Collins), collaborated on a few songs with Freddie Mercury (Queen was in the midst of a comeback due to their Live Aid appearance), and released a video with the full band for "Love is the Hero." Not one of the strongest songs on the album, but good enough, with noticeable backing vocals from Freddie Mercury.

To me the album is a worthy successor to "Signs of Life" -- better in some cases. The best tracks are "All We Have to Give," "Break the Silence," and "Powerhouse." The good tracks are "Come Home," "Lonely One," "Til It's Over," and "Wink of an Eye." Just okay: "Shot O' Love" and "Love is the Hero.
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