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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

the boyzz are back

they may have not put out an album in nearly 10 years but this is pure rock to the core, sure some people wont like it they want the "old" zz top back but times change and so does everything else if you stay the same forever people forget about you, their not affraid to push the limits, im sure they didnt get to where they are today with out steppin on some toes. but i love this album just as much as the 14 others its pure raw blue rock just as it should be.

Holy Poop This is Great

WOW. I can't believe 25 years after their commercial heyday ZZ puts out the most rocking rock album of 2012. Well done, gentlemen. Well effin done.

Has-Beens

This band used to be good. But they stopped that in the mid-80s. Now they are to the point of flat-out embarrassment. And people are buying this crap? Music is doomed.

Biography

Formed: 1970 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

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

A sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas, ZZ Top specialized in down-and-dirty blues-rock during the '70s, then scored colorful MTV hits during the 1980s. Formed in Houston in 1970 by Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums), the trio came from a pair of 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...
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