Review - XXX

Artist: ZZ Top

Although MTV has long since abandoned music-video vanguards ZZ Top, compare "XXX" to any of the neo-grunge bands the network currently champions and you'll see who's the real boss. "XXX" boasts no gimmicks, just balls-out blues rock that bulldozes over contemporary bands half their age.

All but one of the CD's eight studio tracks and four live songs are spanking new. While there are no future classics a la "Sharp Dressed Man" or "Legs," ZZ dishes up a generous helping of tasty guitar licks and tasteless lyrics. Songs like "Poke Chop Sandwich" and "36-22-36" won't win any PC awards anytime soon, but the group's fan base has never really included feminists (or vegetarians, for that matter).

ZZ Top has survived every music trend of the last 30 years, and "XXX" proves the trio still has the sound to take on the next 30.

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