Antenna steps up a gear,
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This review is from: Rhythmeen (Audio CD)
What's this - a second album from the Texans where there's a track with the same title? and the second in a row that doesn't end in -or/er? Looking back, Rhythmeen's predecessor, Antenna was definitely a break from the synth - or at least an attempt - but THIS, well. It's not just a step but a long jump of Olympic proportions in the right direction to return the group to their southern rock and blues roots that made them in the first place.
I wasn't sure what to make of this and bought it on the cheap from overstockz (great price and quick delivery) last week and it's not been out of the car yet. While I loved Antenna in a kind of gulity pleasure way (see my review on that album also on Amazon) this is just class from track 1 onwards. There is no misstep and definitely one for the fans. This is probably the album they would have produced if the 80s never existed. A sweeping comment but it's a very natural successor to the likes of Tejas (long time since I listened to it though) and Deguello. There's guitar, bass and drum without much of a synth to note anywhere. To be fair it's all good however I just can't quite get my head around Vincent Price Blues for some reason. Not that it's bad - it just isn't one of those memorable moments on the album. However I would certainly pick to put it on in its entirety before Antenna or Afterburner.
There is also one burning problem - on my journey through ZZ Top's catalogue I know XXX is next from 1999 and so far I've not seen many massively favourable reviews. Wish me luck.