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© RCA Records
Year of Release: 1996
What's Up With That
Vincent Price Blues
She's Just Killing Me
My Mind Is Gone
Hummbuckling Part 2
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Recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, ZZ Top has always
been recording new albums since their peak popularity in the early 1980s with
Eliminator. However, ZZ Top had their simple Texas Rock n Roll in the
1970s, with hits such as "Tush," "La Grange" and "It's Only Love." In
1996, ZZ Top released their 15th album, Rhythmeen. In the fine ZZ Top
tradition, this album brings back the roots of the band, enjoyable for all.
The title track, "Bang Bang" and "Black Fly" definitely
brings back the sound ZZ Top had in their most earliest releases.
The Deguello album (1979) comes to mind, with the driving excellent
guitar works. "What's Up With That" has a soulful approach, comparing
to the likes of the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself."
Slow, driving blues gets the groove on "Vincent Price Blues,"
the Deguello style is heard on "Zipper Job," and a very distinct
early sound (such as Tres Hombres) on "Hairdresser." Likewise,
a hard driving sound is heard on "She's Just Killing Me." "My Mind
Is Gone combines the older ZZ Top sound (1970s) with the newer (1980s), yet
it's still the traditional rock sound everyone is familar with.
"Loaded" has a soulful rock approach, "Prettyhead" has the
groovin' rock/blues feel. Traditional early ZZ Top (Tres Hombres -
Deguello) best describes the closing song, "Hummbucking Part 2."
As the line states: In the fine ZZ Top tradition... Rhythmeen
definitely brings back the roots of ZZ Top from the beginning. Any fan of ZZ
Top will enjoy this release, and as I mentioned before, I have yet to hear a
below-average release from this little ol' band from Texas. As the decades
roll by, ZZ Top proves that they can still rock with age. And being inducted
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, they very-well deserved it.
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