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ZZ Top - 2012 Texicali [EP]

ALBUM: Texicali [EP]
LABEL: American Recordings
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Billy Gibbons - vocals, guitars * Dusty Hill - bass * Frank Beard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Gotsta Get Paid * 02 Chartreuse * 03 Consumption * 04 Over You



I can't remember the last time we saw a ZZ Top article posted on this site. We must get around to some of their earlier material pre 'Eliminator'. Much of their albums beyond 1985 'Afterburner' didn't really do a lot for me. However, just the other day, their latest EP 'Texicali' crossed my desk, and seeing it was a promo for their forthcoming new album, I took a listen to it hoping to unearth some gems from the Texan dirt. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.. What is it about Rick Rubin and his attempts at producing? The recording industry thinks the sun shines out of his 'you know where', but honestly, I could care less, as the man hardly displays a modicum of appreciation for melody. Somebody prove me wrong please! Listening to 'Texicali' is about as coarse an experience as rubbing sandpaper on your genitals. Painful huh? Not really, just kidding ya. Look, I know ZZ have been in business now for 43 years (yes.. est 1969), and their success is deserving, but right now they look more likely to hook onto the set of 'Sons Of Anarchy' rather than deliver a brand new album, but that is exactly what's gonna happen.

The Songs
As for the sound, well if you like overdriven and distorted production, then the opener 'I Gotsa Get Paid' is for you. I didn't like this one at all, though I will say the recent advert they did for Jeremiah Weed (there's a clip on You Tube) is damn excellent and funny; the song sounding appropriate for the ad. 'Chartreuse' on the other hand could be 'Tush' for a new generation of ZZ fans.. it's not too bad and helped temper my disappointment of the opening tune. 'Consumption' too renders a riff that is familiar from the band's lengthy discography, but the production rough-edges are still evident. 'Over You' shifts into ballad territory, but the mix seems out of whack, with vocals too far upfront. Hopefully by the time the new album comes out, some of these rough edges will be smoothed over. One can only hope so.

In Summary
Not quite sure what's happening with the production here. This is just a taster of what is to come, and if this is any indication, I think I'll go find a dark corner and hide away. My summation is that Rubin and Gibbons have colluded here to make a raw and organic sound. That they have succeeded so early on in the process could eventually prove to be their undoing. However, judging by how popular they are all round, the Rubin experiment could be a runaway success, or equally a disaster of Titanic proportions. Let's wait and see.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 14 2012 10:09:36
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#2 | sabace on July 15 2012 11:20:06
ZZ top changed their sound after eliminator and I lost interest . They made a bit of a comeback with the mescalero lp but zilch since then, sad considering their illustrious history! .
#3 | Nick C on July 16 2012 13:37:07
Like Sabace I lost interest at Eliminator - I loved it then started hearing it EVERYWHERE and eventually the songs got on my nerves and I sold it...along with all my other ZZ stuff, which I now regret. Might re-buy up to but not including Eliminator. I have to say I heard I Gotsta Get Paid on the Radio the other day and thought it was pretty cool and I liked the rough edge it's the only thing I've heard in years by the band that has made me sit up and take interest.
#4 | Eric on July 16 2012 13:46:37
Sorry to say I never cared for the band. I bought 'Tejas' as a teenager because someone told me it was good. Mistake. The sunglasses/ beard thing is tired and embarrassing at this point and they are waaayy overplayed here in the States. Rather listen to Hydra, Two Guns, Marshall Tucker Band, Outlaws when I get that hankerin' for Southern rock...
#5 | Nick C on July 17 2012 11:18:18
#6 | sabace on July 19 2012 11:01:48
best southern rock band I've heard lately are 1880 and their two cd's GUILT TRAIN and RIDE!
#7 | gdazegod on September 06 2012 05:14:14
'La Futura' is the name of the full album for this. Not sure I'm gonna review it, based on what I heard here..
#8 | gdazegod on September 10 2012 04:07:39
Alun has picked up the slack, his review of 'La Futura' will be up very shortly. Thumbs Up
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