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4.0 out of 5 stars Still Got Legs, 10 Sept. 2012
This review is from: La Futura (Audio CD)
Nine years on from the spirited "Mescalero" ZZ Top have finally re-emerged, this time with über-Producer Rick Rubin at the helm who, aside from his more obvious qualifications for this particular gig, looks for all the world like he could easily be a member of the band anyway,

Rubin never ventures too far from the established template. If anything he helps usher the band back to their earlier roots with a dirty, grinding, greasy, bluesy sound that whilst never less than respectful of their
previous highs still manages to bring things bang up to date.

There are some surprises, prominent among them "I Gotsta Get Paid", a grungy re-working of a 1990s hip-hop track denoting the ups and downs of a Texan drug dealer's life, reimagined in typical lazy mid-paced fashion. ZZ Top don't seem in too much of a hurry to do anything these days, witness the length of time it reportedly took them in the studio this time; over three years which, given the nature of what it is they actually do and how they do it, is surprising to say the least.

Rubin really comes into his own on tracks like "Heartache In Blue" where guitars, rhythm section and harp coalesce effectively into a striking 21st century blues, whilst the band's penchant for innuendo is still alive and well, witness "Big Shiny Nine", a companion piece - if you like - to "I Got The Six" off their breakthrough album "Eliminator".

The compulsory ballad "Over You" owes more than a passing nod to "Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell", and elsewhere there are other echoes of earlier works, perhaps unsurprising after so many decades in the saddle.

But, somehow, aided and abetted by the estimable Mr Rubin these undisputed masters of three-chord rock have still summoned up the energy, vitality and creativity to create another winning album that more than holds its own with the best that this trio has produced since those distant heady days of the 1980s.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2012 14:19:24 BDT
B. Strong says:
i will write up a review once i have heard the album a few more times. At the moment though my overriding feeling is one of disappointment...nothing quirky to break up the monotony of the music and fit feels 'stale' and uninspired aside from the opening cut.

Anyway fingers crossed that my appreciation will grow with a few more listens.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2012 12:16:15 BDT
Leonardo27 says:
Well, I guess there has to be some limit to how many times you can regurgitate the same three chords and keep it interesting. You're always in relatively narrow parameters with ZZ Top, although "Mescalero" did have more quirky moments.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 19:55:03 BDT
Tc says:
Is it me or do most tracks not feature a chorus?! It's Zzzzzz for me so far!
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