ZZ Top may be growing old, but they're definitely in no mood to fade away. After a nine-year break from the studio, they've turned their backs on the Tejano experiments of Mescalero to produce one of their best – and heaviest – albums.
It's the same reliable blues-boogie full of good times and innuendos, but with a raw, take-no-prisoners energy, kicking off with the thunderous I Gotsta Get Paid, a hard-times sequel to Just Got Paid, with Billy Gibbons sounding like he's been taking elocution lessons from Lemmy (and Chartreuse recycles the Tush riff, echoed in Motorhead's No Class).
Even tender moments like Over You and Heartache in Blue are delivered with the same rasping power. Welcome back.
Best tracks: I Gotsta Get Paid, Heartache in Blue.
Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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