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Don E. Vie - Just Enuff 
by ScottVile

Don E. Vie's debut solo album is a very pop-oriented disc filled with great lyrics and hooks. Musically, he's mostly removed himself from his hard rock background, and in the recording he seems to genuinely be enjoying the freedom allowed by going solo. 'Just Enuff!' is surprisingly diverse for the mild-mannered pop album it is, with elements of hard rock, country, and of course, some great ballady moments. Here's a quick track by track:

Spider Web
A very revealing, soul-searching song with a country twang. This is Donnie exploring a different element musically, and also him at the top of his game. It's not a strong opener though, simply because of the tempo.

Better Days
A slower ballady track, about lost love. A touching track, with amazing lyrics and Don's voice couldn't sound better or more emotional.

Forever
The ballad of Vie ballads. Most fans will instantly love the song, but some might be slightly put off because it could be seen as a little TOO sappy. 

Jesus In Drag
A cool rock song, with deep lyrics that I would probably need his input to fully understand. An album highlight, but then again, most of these songs are. 

Wintergreen Eyes
This song is power pop at its finest: Instantly catchy and forever memorable. This is my favorite track on the album.

I'll Go On
A very layered, dream-like song that has an obvious John Lennon influence. 

Alice In A Jam
Another cool track, this one uses an Alice In Wonderland metaphor as the basis for a girl's troubles. A nice story driven track with clever lyrics, nice use of sitar, and is of course, melodic and catchy as hell. 

Don't Bring Me Down
Probably the heaviest track on the CD, and it's a great one. Funny, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, driven by an electric guitar that's stretching one note throughout the chorus in a very simple but effective manner. 

That's What Love Is
A slow ballad with only an acoustic guitar and minor instrumentation. A sweet song that displays the ironies of love that the songwriter has experienced.

Maddaline
A U.S. only bonus track that really has no definable moment to make it memorable. For me, it's just a boring song that drags on and on. 

Blowin' Kisses In The Wind
A very fun, upbeat, optimistic song, which really makes it stand out. The song would be great on it's own merit, but definitely helps close out the album with a needed smile. 

Wasting Time
A track that's comparable to 'That's What Love Is' due to it's pace and lack of instrumentation. A very simple, slow, emotional song, which really is one of Vie's strengths.

yes-terDay
A Beatles' cover song that is done incredibly well, but so faithfully that it seems unnecessary. Very cool for fans, but it feels like Don is imitating McCartney a little too closely, instead of making the song his own. 

Overall, there's so much great material on this disc. In fact, it's actually a shame that some of these songs are so good, because unfortunately, the demo quality production really lessens the impact of many of the best tracks. 

'Just Enuff!' therefore won't set the world on fire, but probably wasn't meant to. The disc should be viewed more like a label-shopping demo, released independently for the fans, than Don E. Vie's triumphant emergence as a solo artist. 

If you're a fan of Vie, or great pop music, there's a lot to enjoy on this disc. But as it is, this is a bit of a bittersweet entry to the Vie catalogue, simply because of the production issues. With the right budget, these songs could be amazing.
 



CD Info 

Don E. Vie - Just Enuff
Label: Dreamland Discs
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Tracks:
1. Spider Web
2. Better Days
3. Forever
4. Jesus In Drag
5. Wintergreen Eyes
6. I'll Go On
7. Alice In A Jam
8. Don't Bring Me Down
9. That's What Love Is
10. Maddaline
11. Blowin' Kisses In The Wind
12. Wasting Time
13. Yes-terDay
 
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