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Billy On Rebound

September 28, 1986|DUNCAN STRAUSS

"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH." Billy Squier. Capitol. Billy's back, proving he's got the heavy mettle, and not-so-heavy metal , to rebound from the "Rock Me Tonight" fiasco. (Remember the prissy prancing and satin-sheet silliness of his "Tonight" video--a clip that powerfully demonstrated video's ability to damage careers?)

Whatever contemplation that setback prompted, it didn't inspire much shift in Squier's musical direction. But if the Boston rocker hasn't changed much, he may nonetheless be au courant in ways that at least bode well commercially. Power Station and Robert Palmer scored sizable hits with the kind of metal-dance hybrids that Squier experimented with years ago and further explores here with such funky grinders as "Lady With a Tenor Sax" and "Power House."

Elsewhere, he gussies up some conventional Riffs-R-Us pieces with catchy arrangements, sprightly keyboard textures and wall-of-sound choruses--that gleaming melodic metal popular with radio and video programmers trying to cut back on the hard stuff.

There are downsides: The lyrics are generally lame, he's still inclined to recycle sonic tidbits from the Zeppelin and Queen catalogues, and many tracks are far too long. But Squier fans are likely to find "Enough" vintage Billy. And, yes, he's made a video of the first single, "Love Is the Hero." Stay tuned. . . .

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