A distorted Billy Gibbons guitar, up-front Frank Beard drums and that usual low growl bass from Dusty Hill (plus his precise, slightly off-time backing vocals) are present in usual ZZ Top style on the remake of a hip hop classic, â€œI Gotsta to Get Paid,â€ the opening tune of the bandâ€™s first full-length album in nine years,Â La Futura.Â â€œI Donâ€™t Wanna Lose, Lose, Youâ€ is very much like the opening tune, rolling a little more than chunking. I just love the torchy â€œOver You,â€ but then again I am quite a fan of ZZâ€™s ballads (my all-time favorite of theirs is â€œRough Boyâ€), though it might go on a little longer then need be. The later and louder ballad, â€œItâ€™s Too Easy Manana,â€ is better and features a great echo guitar lead from Gibbons.
It might be Gibbons having to find his way round James Harmanâ€™s killer harmonica playing on â€œHeartache in Blueâ€ that really makes this tune one of the best here, though the ending comes to a weird stop. I love the openness, high-hat splash strut of â€œFlyinâ€™ High,â€ which could be an Eagles tune with backing vocals from Hill (this really is probably the most commercial song of these ten).
Sometime hip-hop producer Rick Rubin was on hand forÂ La Futura,Â but all he said he wanted was to see this trio get in a room and play, which they certainly do on this new album.