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Straley, Teresa - 1982 Never Enough
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on October 17 2011, In 1982 Articles , 2 Comments , 7964 Reads , Print

ARTIST: Straley, Teresa
ALBUM: Never Enough
LABEL: Alfa Records
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Teresa Straley - lead & background vocals, rhythm guitar, piano * Tony Braunagel - drums * David White - bass, background vocals * Rick Vito, Michael Bruman - guitars * Lance Ong, Michael Cavanaugh - keyboards, synthesizers * Stanley P. Behrens, Joel Peskin - saxophones * Gabriel Black - saxophone, background vocals * Donna Hardt - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Radioactive Love * 02 Love Is A Compromise * 03 Dreams On The Line * 04 Never Enough * 05 Love By Numbers * 06 Ladies Like To Rock N Roll Too * 07 Unintentional * 08 Roving Eyes * 09 Over The Edge * 10 Give In To Your Heart

Released on the same label that brought the world forgettable albums from Billy Vera & The Beaters and Iowa rockers DVC; 'Never Enough' was Teresa Straley's first musical shot across the bow, the second being hard rock favourites Harlow. Fronted by Straley and former Black And Blue and future KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer not forgetting keyboardist Pat Reagan formerly of Billy The Kid; I found Harlow's self-titled 1990 CD not all that compelling. While I know many GD readers give the band high marks, I thought the disc to be typical end -run pre-Grunge melodic rock, seriously short of good songs and other than a guest appearance on the much-lauded From The Fire one-off, Straley's hardly been heard from since.

The Songs
It's been roughly two decades since 'Never Enough' last made its way to the turntable and it didn't take long for the memories of this mediocre platter to come flooding back. It's not that Straley is unequipped as a vocalist, to the contrary. Her pipes are amazing here and as exhibited in Harlow but the material unlike the attractive cover photo, is less than desirable. There are moments when her star shines bright including the punchy 'Radio Active Love' and "Love Is a Compromise' both a fusion of Fiona, Alannah Myles and Darby Mills although on too many occasions the album never takes off with sufficient lift and suffers from the dreaded bar-band AOR syndrome on the majority of the side two. The exception being closing tear-jerker 'Give In To Your Heart' which gives the singer ample opportunity to show off her impressive range.

In Summary
In hindsight it's too bad Teresa's career ground to halt after Harlow as the potential was there for great things even if her debut was less than spectacular.

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#1 | dangerzone on October 18 2011 02:12:06
The DVC album did have one good track, 'Turning,' the greatest .38 Special rip off ever.
#2 | Eric on October 18 2011 04:08:02
DVC were from Sioux City, Iowa and had Tommy Bolin's brother on drums. Thier management was based in Minneapolis and they played the clubs up here all the time. Their version of 'Teaser' got a lot of air play and they toured with Molly Hatchet.
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