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Billy Gibbons great as always... but fire Rick Rubin,
This review is from: La Futura (Audio CD)
I can never find fault with anything Billy Gibbons does, for me there is really nothing to fault on the songwriting or playing...it's ZZ Top. As others have mentioned get the version at Best Buy for the bonus tracks, two of the better songs on the cd.
Where this falls down the stairs is the same thing that most modern recordings suffer from.... the volume level and lack of dynamic range. It's too high, it's distorted (not the good kind), overly compressed and quickly becomes tiresome to listen too. Listen to this album on a stereo with meters to understand why it doesnt grab you like it should....the meters don't move, in other words it's flat with no dynamics. There may have been some feel in the studio when they laid down the tracks...but by the time it was mastered whatever soul these tunes had was mowed down to a pulp. Being the tone fiend Gibbons is I am surprised he let this go sounding like it does. "Over You" is one of the songs that reminds me of the soulful playing and song writing they are capable of...maybe it's just because its the first tune to give your ears a break from the razor blades coming out of the speakers.
Any ZZ Top album is full of great guitar by Billy Gibbons, on that alone this is worth a buy if thats your thing, the guy stands alone on what he does and how well he does it. But I cant get past the terrible production and overboosted volume of the recording, I'll bet vinyl doesnt even make this sound good. My collection of albums ruined by terrible production continues to grow...
Edit: Great site to confirm the terrible production, but there is hope..seems there are better versions
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Initial post: Oct 11, 2012 11:16:00 PM PDT
W. Noshie says:
Posted on Mar 13, 2013 11:01:44 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 3, 2014 4:23:06 PM PDT
I also agree with this review. There's distortion on a number of tracks that defy explanation. I Gotsa Get Paid is one of the worst offenders. Several other tracks also sound over-modulated. I *want* to jam to the album, but the quality is a turn-off. Too bad, because the riffs are top-notch.
Posted on Jun 23, 2015 2:11:20 PM PDT
Rubin is the man and it is an honor to work with the guy. This album is obviously a return to form for ZZ, I give Rubin credit for that.
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