That lil' ol' band from Texas delivers another satisfying serving of rock'n'roll comfort food.
That lil' ol' band from Texas delivers another satisfying serving of rock'n'roll comfort food. Three decades on, its now techno-enhanced brand of border blues-funk is instantly familiar, but the trio's enthusiasm for the form is unflagging. Billy Gibbons' gut-tugging guitar work and artfully manipulated vocals, and Dusty Hill and Frank Beard's locked-in rhythm work, continue to click. This generally savory collection of rockers and slow grinders features a variety of tough tracks, including the throbbing "Two Ways to Play," the pedal steel-inflected slow drag "Goin' So Good," the spry (but inexplicably expurgated) "What Would You Do" and a pounding romp through the Lowell Fulson classic "Tramp." Nothing new or especially fancy here, but a new ZZ opus is always a perfect excuse to fire up the barbecue and break out the 12-packs.—CM