La Futura

La Futura is the fifteenth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top, released in September 2012. It is their first one in nine years, following Mescalero.

La Futura
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 10, 2012[1]
RecordedFoam Box Recordings, Houston, Texas
GenreTexas blues, blues rock, hard rock
Length39:18
LabelAmerican Recordings/Universal Republic
ProducerRick Rubin and Billy Gibbons
ZZ Top chronology
Double Down Live
(2009)
La Futura
(2012)
Live at Montreux 2013
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]

Overview

La Futura was recorded at The Foambox Recordings in Houston, Texas. The album title and album art were unveiled on ZZ Top's homepage on 3 August 2012 at 11:45 a.m. The album contains 10 tracks.[5] "We thought long and hard about what this album should be," Gibbons said in a press release. "We wanted to recall the directness of our early stuff but not turn our backs on contemporary technology. The result of this melting of the past and the present is, of course, La Futura."[5]

Four of the new tracks (the first four album tracks) --"I Gotsta Get Paid", "Chartreuse", "Consumption" and "Over You"--were first released on 5 June 2012 as an iTunes-only collection titled Texicali, which met with strong sales and glowing reviews. Music Radar summed up the tunes as "fresh, vital roadhouse blues."[6] Another track, "Flyin' High", appropriately made its world premiere in space, when the then-unfinished song was played on board a Soyuz spacecraft during its launch to the International Space Station in June 2011 at the request of the NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, a long-time ZZ Top fan and friend.[7] Two bonus tracks, entitled "Threshold of a Breakdown" and "Drive-By Lover" were released on CDs sold exclusively at Best Buy stores.

Reception

Following its release, the album received mostly positive reviews. William Clark of Guitar International wrote, "La Futura is an impressive return to form for this infamous southern rock trio, and includes some of the best music ZZ Top has ever pushed out."[8] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic also praised the album, calling it their best album since Eliminator in 1983, while writing that "ZZ Top are celebrating everything that they've taken for granted for decades - they're embracing the sleazy boogie, the dirty jokes, the locomotive riffs, the saturated blues, the persistent lecherous leer, and by doing so they finally sound like themselves again."[2]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Gotsta Get Paid" (cover of "25 Lighters" by DJ DMD[9])Dorie Dorsey, Billy Gibbons, Kyle West, Al B. Sure!, Joe Hardy, G.L. Moon4:03
2."Chartreuse"Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, Moon2:57
3."Consumption"Gibbons3:47
4."Over You"Gibbons, Tom Hambridge4:29
5."Heartache in Blue"Gibbons, Trey Bruce4:09
6."I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose, You"Gibbons, Hambridge4:20
7."Flyin' High"Gibbons, Austin Hanks, D. Sardy4:17
8."It's Too Easy Mañana"David Rawlings, Gillian Welch; additional lyrics by Gibbons4:47
9."Big Shiny Nine"Gibbons, Hardy, Moon3:11
10."Have a Little Mercy"Gibbons3:18
Total length:39:18

Personnel

About the tracks

"Chartreuse" is a song about the famous French liqueur Chartreuse the band discovered (and loved) in their dressing room in 2011 during the Musilac Music Festival in Aix-les-Bains, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.[10] The song tells how good one feels when consuming it.

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 9
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[15] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 46
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 4
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 13
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 5
Italian Albums (FIMI)[20] 45
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21] 7
Russian Albums Chart[22] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[23] 62
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 4
UK Albums Chart 29
US Billboard 200[26] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[27] 5

Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Position
Russian Albums Chart[22] 7

References

  1. ^ "La Futura". Play.com. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "La Futura - ZZ Top". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  3. ^ Hann, Michael (6 September 2012). "ZZ Top: La Futura - review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  4. ^ Hunter, James. "La Futura". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b "LA FUTURA ARRIVES THIS SEPTEMBER FROM ZZ TOP". Official ZZ Top Website. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ Whitaker, Sterling. "ZZ Top Reveal Street Date, Cover Art and Full Tracklist for New Album 'La Futura'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  7. ^ "ZZ Top Premiere New Song 'Flyin' High' on Russian Spacecraft". Ultimate Classic Rock. 9 June 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  8. ^ "ZZ Top Rocks On La Futura". Guitarinternational.com. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Houston Rap Connects on ZZ Top's "I Gotsta Get Paid"". Mass Appeal. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  10. ^ E., St. (15 May 2014), La chartreuse, de Tarantino à ZZ Top, en passant par Springsteen..., Le Dauphiné libéré, retrieved 18 December 2016
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – ZZ Top – La Futura" (in German). Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – ZZ Top – La Futura" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – ZZ Top – La Futura" (in French). Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "ZZ Top Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – ZZ Top – La Futura" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "ZZ Top: La Futura" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  20. ^ "Italiancharts.com – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  22. ^ a b Культура: Триумф нестыдной попсы (in Russian). Lenta.ru. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "ZZ Top Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  27. ^ "ZZ Top Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
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Best Buy bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Threshold of a Breakdown"Gibbons, Hambridge3:29
12."Drive by Lover"Gibbons, Van Wilks3:03
Total length:45:50
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