ZZ Top – La Futura (American / Universal Music Canada)

It’s hard to believe that, 42 years into their career, this is the first ZZ Top album that neither guitarist-vocalist Billy Gibbons nor former band Svengali Bill Ham had a hand in producing. Under the watchful eye of Rick Rubin, ZZ Top has delivered a blues-rock record that harkens back to some of their earlier work that garnered them such widespread fame. Gibbons vocals have certainly seen better days but their sonic roughness only adds to the overall ZZ Top experience in the 21st Century.