This is quite possibly the greatest rock album so far this century.
Ignore those one-star doubters who`d have you believe all the songs sound the same (they don`t) or it`s `not like their early stuff` (why should it be?) and revel in the raunchiest, most in-yer-face rock you`ll have heard for many a Texan moon.
I Gotsta Get Paid is the opening track, as well as the single, and I can`t begin to tell you how exciting it is. Nobody has come up with a gutsier, more stupendous rock song for years.
Over You is a rootsy ballad, sung hauntingly by Billy Gibbons, with subtle strings coming in when you least expect, and a brief guitar solo to melt the heart. A great track which is so lovely and so heartfelt, it brought tears to these eyes.
Heartache In Blue is glorious. So is Flyin` High, as is an absolute stunner called It`s Too Easy Manana, another tremendous number. There really isn`t a filler or dud on the whole album.
On not a few tracks they even sound like Beefheart & his Magic Band, and that`s meant as the highest praise. I really think the old Cap`n would have appreciated the grit and raunch of these songs.
Between them, Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons have come up with a sound that suits the Top down to the ground. I for one rejoice. This is one of the finest straight-ahead rock bands as they were always meant to be heard: in the raw, in the rough, and in the flesh - well, that`s what it sounds like, so immediate is the superlative production, with guitars, vocals etc as `in the room`, as they could ever be.
I can`t stop playing this truly great, orgasmic rock album.
If this is La Futura, bring it on!