CD REVIEW ZZ Top

Band : ZZ Top
Album title : La Futura
Label : American Recordings
Distributor : Sony Music
Release date : October 2012
Release : CD

As a true and longtime ZZ Top  fan, this album brought a smile to my face upon hearing the first notes. I’ll explain : the old ZZ Top are back, with a sound that is as closely to their first albums as could be.

Need I say more? Well, although the album only contains 10 songs, none of them hitting the five minute mark, this has to be one of the best albums of this year so far. How these guys manage to write such songs is simply amazing. I’ve seen them live a couple of times, and unlike some other bands, their stage show isn’t bristling with energy – by which I mean these guys are not running around on stage like some Duracell rabbit, but the energy that comes out of their music hits you like a sledgehammer.

Billy Gibbons to me is an underrated guitar player, who deserves much more attention, and Dusty on bass mustn’t be underestimated either. After fourty years in the business, they sound like young, eager wolves on this album. It’s clear they’ve enjoyed writing and recording this album.

Production was done by Rick Rubin, and is crispy clean. I sure hope they will be touring again, and will not forget to make a hop to Europe, because I can’t wait to see them again.

98/100

Erik Morren.