Submitted by mojoworking on 17 September 2012 - 1:43am
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
ZZ Top's first studio album in nine years (and their debut for Rick Rubin's American Recordings) is not so much a return to form as a continuation of what they've been doing for decades: monstrously heavy blues and boogie, with a guitar sound to die for and a production so thick you could almost carve it. Opener 'I Gotsta Get Paid' sets the tone and from there the monster riffs tumble over each other and jostle for position until 'Have a Little Mercy' closes proceedings just a shade under 40 minutes later. Perhaps the songs are not quite as strong as the halcyon days of 'Eliminator' and 'Tres Hombres' but the playing and the overall sound certainly are. This is old school heavy blues rock with 21st century production values. The running time is concise by modern standards, but 'La Futura' is just about as long as any LP needs to be, which is a good thing. And make no mistake, this album is very good indeed.
What does it all *mean*?:
Time moves slowly in the world of ZZ Top and Rubin's compressed production aside, this album could have been made at any time in the last 35 years. Billy Gibbons' Les Paul is nicknamed "Pearly Gates" and on some of the solos here it's easy to see why
Goes well with …:
The rest of the ZZ Top catalogue, a bottle of tequila and a BBQ out on the patio.
Might suit people who like …:
ZZ Top sound like no one else, but this might also appeal to fans of current blues rock poster boy Joe Bonamassa. There's a little of what John Fogerty is doing these days in there, too.