Seduce! Those searching for the holy grails of American glam/sleaze metal, here’s one for ya! Seduce was a Motor City trio that never broke through to mainstream success despite kicking some serious ass. Too Much, Ain’t Enough (I.R.S. ) was a gritty, heavy offering that flew in the face of conventional glam metal at the time by forgoing the typical over-polished approach for a raw, loose n’ lethal sound. Too Much, Ain’t Enough features down-tuned, heavy riffing courtesy of David Black, erratic drumming from Chuck Burns, and excellent vocals by Mark Andrews (also bass). Side one of this album is damn near perfection! Seduce painted a picture of a somewhat sad Detroit existence in a world of junkies and fast-fading dreams. Check out Watchin’, and No Use if you want your tits toasted. If I had one complaint about Too Much, Ain’t Enough (besides the weak cover art), I would say that Chuck Burns made some really unorthodox choices with his drumming. At times his drumming can be a bit distracting, and he doesn’t always keep great time. Then again, I much prefer this wild style to the boring and over-produced drum sound found on so many late eighties glam/sleaze banquets. Side two drops off just a hair from the insane awesomeness of side one. Accusations is probably the least godly track on the album. The finale of Too Much, Ain’t Enough is The Slider, a T. Rex cover. I actually think Seduce’s originals were better than this ol’ nugget.
If you want to hear (and even download for free) the entire Too Much, Ain’t Enough album, visit the incredible website called Motor City Rock 1980-1990. Here’s a link to the main page, and here’s a link to the Seduce audio clips. This web site valiantly attempts to cover all the Detroit rock bands and gigs from the golden days of yore. It has to be one of the most well-organized sites of its kind. Truly a passion project for those involved! Highly recommended. As is Too Much, Ain’t Enough, a lost gem for sure! My score: A