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Some tracks work better than others on this live album.

Enuff Z'Nuff front-man Donnie Vie presents his latest solo album of ENZ songs, recorded live during his 2013 Magical History Tour. Live albums can sometimes bring out something new and innovative, or they risk repeating the studio album, or at worst show the band's poor showmanship. This acoustic one risks sounding like one long melancholy song of regret.

Vie sounds confident and isn't afraid to explore and manipulate the rhythms, though at times the vocals aren't quite hitting the notes – often enough to notice at least. Even the more upbeat 'You Got A Hold Of Me' tends to feel a bit more wandering Country ramble than acoustic ballad.

The album kicks off really on 'The Beast' with some minor notes thrown in and acapella sections. Overall it's a slow-paced, chilled out album, heavy with nostalgia, which I suppose with everything Vie has done and seen you can't blame him for. I find myself thinking of Mike Tramp's recent solo work. Vie's work is more paired down and rawer in its live form but also less effective in its song-writing.

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'You And I' is strangely moving; Vie's vocals take the limelight and their imperfection actually adds to the fragmentary nature of the song. There's a tendency to ramble in these soft acoustic tracks though and they lose their direction and impact – especially as they merge into one another. 'There Goes My Heart' breaks this cycle, almost bouncing along; Vie suits this light-hearted style and I'm disappointed not to see it more on the album. There's a bit more spark and life on 'New Thing' too, adding the attitude so sorely missing even from an acoustic album. 'Time To Let You Go' is stronger than the original; more feeling, more heartache poured into this live version.

'Goodbye' misses the drum beat with Vie's voice gliding over it in crescendo; he seems to lack a crucial conveyance of passion and feeling in this latest version.

It's interesting to hear these versions of Enuff Z'Nuff tracks; some of them work better than others but as an album I don't think it hangs particularly well together, despite the good and consistent performance. I think it has the biggest significance and meaning for its artist, Donnie Vie.

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