Album review: ZZ Top, Afterburner (1985)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 8, 1985

By Steve Newton

The “l’il ole band from Texas” have done it again. They’ve come up with another album’s worth of unstoppable boogie -blues, and you can bet the coin they’ll make off this one will keep them in Jack Daniels and real estate for many years to come.

Sure enough, the music on Afterburner isn’t much different from that on 1983’s Eliminator–in fact “Dipping Low in the Lap of Luxury” is practically a reworking of “Gimme All Your Lovin'”–but the band’s millions of fans will have no beefs. Billy Gibbons’ guitar riffs are as hot ‘n’ rude as ever, and bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard are their usual solid selves.

There might not be anything as cool as “Sharp Dressed Man” here, but “Sleeping Bag”, “Stages”, and “Velcro Fly” come pretty close. The only non-boogie track is “Rough Boy”, another showcase for Gibbons’ tasty, simmering leads.

Surely, fans can hardly wait for new videos featuring those talented actresses from the last album’s clips.

 

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