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Sixty 10 - 2002 Sixty 10


SIXTY 10 - SIXTY 10 (2002, STONEY RECORDS)
Adam Randall - vocals, keyboards, guitars
Bunnie Blue Morgan - bass, vocals
Sonic 14 - drums, percussion


Background
Enuff Z'Nuff will issue a new album later this summer, but for anyone who can't wait that long, then Sixty 10's debut album should fill the void. Not only does lead singer Adam Randall sound almost exactly like Donnie Vie, but the album is produced by none other than Chip Z Nuff himself. After just one listen to this album, the sonic similarity between the two bands is astonishing. The melodies, the harmonies, the playing -- it's like listening to a tribute band with original material, and quite simply, this is the album Enuff Z Nuff never made. Sixty 10's bio proclaims that the band 'write hits', and although there might not be too many contemporary Top 40 radio programmers who would agree, it's certainly true that the songs have super glue melodies that prove their allegiance to all things Enuff Z Nuff, Cheap Trick and The Beatles.

The Songs
Opener 'Mr Sunshine' is a dead ringer for 'New Thing' from Chip and Donnie's debut, but it is as good a pop-rock song you will hear this year. Brimming with thick guitars that never get in the way of the harmonies and boosted by some solid drum work from Sonic 14, it's clear that what the band may lack in originality, they more than compensate for with ability. 'Running Away' again provides flashbacks to Enuff Z' Nuff's debut, sounding like a cousin to 'For Now', but again, you can't fault the undeniable melodies on show here. 'Good Luck Goodbye' and the excellent 'I Will Never Let You Go' continue the now familiar pattern, but standout track is the chugging, frenetic rock of 'Spotlight', which rocks up the tempo and showcases Sixty 10's talents perfectly. The standard generally continues throughout the rest of the album on the likes of 'Always Be The Same' and 'Memory Lane', but with only 9 songs (discounting the pointless vocal only reprise of 'Mr Sunshine'), the only fault is that a couple more tunes might have filled out the album more.

In Summary
Sixty 10 have covered the Enuff Z' Nuff spectrum so well, that the only thing missing is a Donnie Vie-esque piano ballad, but even so, this is still an essential purchase for devotees of the underrated talents of Chip and Donnie. In many ways though, Sixty 10 share the same problem as bands like Rain (who mimic Bon Jovi), in that they mirror the original so closely, but ultimately remain second best.

Track Listing:
01 Mr. Sunshine
02 Running Away
03 Good Luck Goodbye
04 Spotlight
05 I Will Never Let You Go
06 Always Be the Same
07 If Only
08 Somebody Out There
09 Memory Lane
10 Reprise

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