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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

DON'T buy this on iTunes . . .

. . . because (1) Rick Rubin's production is way too balls-out and powerful to throw away with watered-down digital files-- BUY THE CD, and (2) the Best Buy version offers two additional songs, "Threshold of a Breakdown" and "Drive-By Lover" that are just as good as the rest of the album!! BUY THE CD

(Not a Best Buy employee, just a fan of better media)

here's what I'd do.....

If I were Rick Rubin: The songs will be written in the rio grande valley while drinking beer, eating mexian food and looking at mexican strippers over a six week period, max. You can only use pearly gates and one other guitar and a Marshall plexi. All songs will be in Eb with no low tunings. Dusty must sing at least half of the tunes. The album will be recorded at Hi Style studios in Chicago with jimmy Sutton as co-producer and engineer. All drums will be analog. This would be an album for the fans, not to satisfy Billy's muse. Nine years since Mescalero and this is what we get?
Looks like its up to me to make the next zz top album, coz this is clearly a BFG solo venture.

Me Gusta La Futura

Welcome back gentlemen, you have been away too long. Lots of tasty guitar here, BFG has evolved since Mescalero but the unmistakeable Top boogie still shines through. Not a radical departure, but then again, Rev Willy hisself says they only know three chords.

I like it and would buy again.


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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