#150 Billy Squier – Enough Is Enough (1986)


“Enough Is Enough” was released in 1986 and was Squier’s first album since the “Rock Me Tonite” debacle, where he pranced around in a pink tank top with a pink guitar in the video for the aforementioned song. If Squier was unsure just how much the negative publicity for the video had adversely effected his standing in the eyes of the rock community, then this album sales confirmed it. After having multi platinum success with his previous 3 albums, “Enough Is Enough” barely sold 300,000 copies. The resulting tour for the record saw him move from playing big arenas to smaller, theater venues. Billy’s music had started to shift away from an arena rock sound to one that featured more keyboards and synthesizers. Although this was always part of Squiers’ sound, it has now become more prominent. The mixture of this sound is highlighted on the albums first single and perhaps the strongest effort “Love Is the Hero”. The strong keyboard and crisp guitar work meld together harmoniously with perhaps one of my favorite Squier vocal efforts. It has a feeling of coolness and sets a backdrop of the dark experience one can go thru in their longing to be loved. The backing vocals are provided by Freddie Mercury of Queen fame ala the title cut from Billy’s “Emotions In Motion” album. Mercury also helped co-write another song on the record, the catchy “Lady with a Tenor Sax”. This is probably my second favorite cut from this disc. A great drum rhythm pounds out the song’s urgency, mixed with a sexy guitar & hypnotic hipster lyrics.The albums kick off track “Shot O’ Love” is a straight ahead rocker filled with sexual innuendo as is on previous Squier songs like “The Stroke”. The sound does deviate from the synth-rock sound at times, as is the case with “Till It’s Over”. The song has a classic rock acoustical feel and sounds like a 1970’s Piper song done with ’80’s quality production. “Break The Silence” & “Lonely One” reflect more of a mid eighties pop-rock sound. On “Come Home” Billy reminds you he is still one of the best rhythm guitarists of the hard rock era and shows the flash of testosterone from the “Don’t Say No” days. This song is a quick paced rocker that at times is reminiscent of “Rip This Joint” from “Exile On Main Street”. While this is not “Emotions” era Billy Squier, he was moving away from that arena rock sound with each successive record, this is still guitar driven rock albiet with lighter spots.

Other Billy Squier on the blog:

#93 Billy Squier – Here and Now (1989)

#94 Piper – Piper (1976)

#114 Billy Squier – Creatures Of Habit (1991)

#123 Billy Squier – Happy Blue (1998)

#182 Billy Squier – Tell The Truth (1993)

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