Heavier stuff that blends eras together nicely
Todd7 | Michigan | 03/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After a 5 year hiatus, ZZ Top opened the 90's with a great offering, Recycler. The album was highly-anticipated, and because of that, expectations were high. In a sense, that isn't fair. If this album came out in 1987, then the reviews would've probably been better. That's just my opinion, and expressing ones's opinion is what this forum is all about. The album starts with CONCRETE AND STEEL, which is a solid rocker. I must say that I really welcome their heavier sound on this album, as opposed to Eliminator and Afterburner. The overall sound has more depth to it, and is even faster, for the most part. One can tell that this was a transitional album, as the song, MY HEAD'S IN MISSISSIPPI has a mixture of early 70's LA GRANGE and 80's ELIMINATOR stuff. The song sounds a lot like LA GRANGE. I particularly like 2000 BLUES, as it's the most different-sounding of all of the songs. The last two songs, BURGER MAN and DOUBLEBACK finish the album on a high note. DOUBLEBACK sounds a little like GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN'. It's interesting that the song, DIPPING LOW (in the lap of luxury) (from Afterburner) sounds almost exactly like Gimme All Your Lovin', as well. Is RECYCLER just that? A recycling of earlier stuff? Just kidding.... 9/10"