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Editors’ Notes

Producer Rick Rubin is known for getting a tight, dry sound out of the hard rock bands he works with, and La Futura—the first new ZZ Top studio album in nine years—benefits from Rubin's oversight. Yes, "I Gotsa Get Paid" works over a hip-hop tune, but "Heartache in Blue" is true to the Chicago-gone-to-Texas blues that made ZZ Top a world-class blues-boogie-rock band in the '70s. Billy Gibbons coproduces and plays some of his dirtiest leads in decades. His voice rips with weathered passion, halfway to Bob Dylan's death-defying croak but with enough melody still in play to bring out the highlights in "I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose, You." The first four tracks were previously released as the iTunes-only Texicali collection. The additional six songs here rock with precision and some nicely distorted vocals. "Flyin' High" evokes AC/DC's power chords. "It's Too Easy Manana" cranks out a slow, burly, ominous blast. "Big Shiny Nine" picks up speed and a swagger, while "Have a Little Mercy" brings us back to the pure blues of ZZ Top's roots.

Customer Reviews

Pretty Beat Up

Well the wait is over and the results are very good. The first 6 tracks and Have A Little Mercy are absolutely fabulous. Love, Love the Stonesy vibe of I Don't Wanna Loose Loose You. The song is griity and infectious. I would love to hear this as the next song for radio play. I dig the updated version of Flyn' High but I guess I prefer the original release with the more prominent back-ups from Dusty. Thank god for band like ZZ Top and Van Halen for rising to the occasion and putting out some great new music this year, as it's nearly extinct.

Rock n Roll is alive & well in 2012

Solid rock album from beginning to end. Heavy bass & guitar riff filled tunes. No other artist out there can touch ZZ Top's level of coolness.

Texas Boogie is Alive & Well

The three amigos back in fine form this time around with one of their most straight ahead bare bones albums since Rythmeen. No filler or fluff here. It's like AC/DC and the Black Keys had a love child called ZZ TOP. The rev. Billy G. still comes up with the most killer guitar riffs and tones that are somewhat familiar yet have unique twists and turns that keep the listner interested and rock'in. Dusty and Frank are also at the top of their game.
Overall, a great bunch of songs, well produced (but not overly - which is the key here) - Highly recommend it - stick it in your car, hit the highway and play it LOUD!!


Formed: 1970 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie...
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