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3.0 out of 5 stars 80% dull, 20% brilliant, 26 Oct 2006
This review is from: Recycler (Audio CD)
This album was where things started to look a bit iffy for ZZ Top - despite only being their 4th album in 10 years, and their first for nearly 5, they seem to have been having great difficulty coming up with new material in the second half of the 1980s. And the interesting thing is, they seem to be fully aware of how dull most of the songs on this album are, because the performances seem to be directly correlated with the quality of the songs - the duller the song, the less interested they sound. But their songwriting well wasn't quite dry and they came up with 2 absolute corkers in the shape of My Head's In Mississippi - a superb slice of 21st century blues - and Burger Man, a full on rocking stomp powered by a sequencer beat and featuring some top notch Billy Gibbons guitar along with highly amusing lyrics. The sad thing is that these two tracks are among the best ZZ Top ever recorded and so you have to buy this otherwise tedious album (the box set, despite containing 7 tracks from Recycler, bafflingly doesn't include Burger Man) in order to acquire them. Most of their subsequent albums are, overall, more entertaining than this one, but none of them (with the possible exception of Rhythmeen) contain anything remotely as good as Burger Man or My Head's In Mississippi.
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