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Futura
     

La Futura

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by ZZ Top
 
ZZ Top have long been a prime candidate for a Rick Rubin-led comeback, having long ago settled into an insular digital rut that paid back increasingly small dividends. La Futura is that long-awaited ZZ Top record, their first full-length in nearly a decade (the last was 2003's Mescalero) and, more remarkably, their first-ever

Overview

ZZ Top have long been a prime candidate for a Rick Rubin-led comeback, having long ago settled into an insular digital rut that paid back increasingly small dividends. La Futura is that long-awaited ZZ Top record, their first full-length in nearly a decade (the last was 2003's Mescalero) and, more remarkably, their first-ever album to bear a production credit by somebody who is neither Billy Gibbons nor longtime manager Bill Ham, who left the organization in 2006. Gibbons sits at the mixing board with Rubin and together they revive the Top's dirty '70s boogie, never quite forgetting the coolly propulsive stylized rock of Eliminator. Certainly, La Futura is the best album from ZZ Top since that '80s landmark but it flips Eliminator on its head, using synthesized elements as accents, not as a skeleton. Rubin returns real drums to ZZ Top but doesn't entirely strip away drum machines, giving La Futura just enough of a futuristic shimmer to live up to its name, just enough of the present to make it feel of the moment. And there's no mistaking that this lil' ol' band from Texas is indeed old -- and its age is part of the pleasure of La Futura. ZZ Top have the weathered interplay of vets who've been doing this for almost their entire lives and Billy Gibbons' gravelly growl has now withered into a gnarly, strangled croak, almost primal in its ugliness. Far from hiding his ragged singing, Gibbons and Rubin have it battle the thick blasts of fuzz guitars throughout the whole of the album, noise that even splatters the slow 12-bar form of "Heartache in Blue." It's a thick, tactile sound that's invigorating -- the smack of Frank Beard's snare is infectious -- and that alone would make La Futura a success, but what makes it a triumph is the coolly efficient songwriting. ZZ Top cleverly reference past glories without succumbing to recycling: "I Gotsta Get Paid" could have wallowed in the Rio Grande Mud, "Chartreuse" boogies as relentlessly as "Tush," "Have a Little Mercy" winks at "Waitin' for the Bus," and they revive the arena rock of the '80s with "Flyin' High." What makes these songs really cook is how ZZ Top are celebrating everything that they've taken for granted for decades -- they're embracing the sleazy boogie, the dirty jokes, the locomotive riffs, the saturated blues, the persistent lecherous leer, and by doing so they finally sound like themselves again.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
American Recordings
UPC:
0602537141135
catalogNumber:
001738002
Rank:
23257

Tracks

  1. I Gotsta Get Paid
  2. Chartreuse
  3. Consumption
  4. Over You
  5. Heartache in Blue
  6. I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose, You
  7. Flyin' High
  8. It's Too Easy Mañana
  9. Big Shiny Nine
  10. Have a Little Mercy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

ZZ Top   Primary Artist
James Harman   Harmonica
Frank Beard   Drums,Group Member
Billy Gibbons   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joe Hardy   Piano,Hammond B3
Dusty Hill   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
D. Sardy   Piano,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Billy Gibbons   Producer
Joe Hardy   Engineer,Additional Production
Rick Rubin   Producer
D. Sardy   String Arrangements,Additional Production
Bob Merlis   Publicity
Carl Stubner   Management
G.L. Moon   Engineer
Eric Lynn   Engineer
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Jason Lader   Engineer

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La Futura 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DoctorMabuse More than 1 year ago
It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think about life. It takes a little getting used to as a ZZ Top album, but after the third listen, I love to play this thing full blast! They've moved away from the hip-hop stuff that got out of hand on the last album (Punk-ass Boyfriend).