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Eliminator

ZZ Top

1983

Eliminator

Album Summary

Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983, by Warner Bros. Records, and rose high on the charts in many countries. Four hit singles were released—"Gimme All Your Lovin'" which reached the American Top 40, "Sharp Dressed Man", "TV Dinners" and their most successful single, "Legs". A Diamond certified album in the United States, Eliminator is ZZ Top's most commercially successful release, with sales of 20 million worldwide.Recorded in 1982, the album represents a further step of modernization by bandleader Billy Gibbons. Since El Loco in 1981, Gibbons had been edging the band's boogie and blues rock sound toward the popular new-wave/synth-rock aesthetic while retaining ZZ Top's signature electric guitar emphasis. For Eliminator, he increased the tempo and used more synthesizers and drum machines, producing a "tighter" album with a steady, driving beat. Pre-production engineer Linden Hudson collaborated with Gibbons in Texas on the album tempo and songs, then producer Bill Ham and engineer Terry Manning joined Gibbons in Memphis, Tennessee, to carefully craft the sound of each song after the full band was done recording, controversially replacing much of the contributions of bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. Ham claimed the album was solely the work of ZZ Top, denying the involvement of others, but in 1986 Hudson won a lawsuit establishing himself as composer of the song "Thug". A series of music videos served as successful promotional tools—the similarly themed videos for "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" received regular rotation on MTV and helped the band gain popularity with a younger base. A customized 1933 Ford coupe, depicted on the album cover, could be seen in three of the four videos. Following Eliminator's release, ZZ Top embarked on a worldwide concert tour. The video for "Legs" earned the band the MTV Video Music Award for Best Group. Rolling Stone named Eliminator number 398 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was listed at number 39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. A remastered version was released in 2008.

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Rating

3.42

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5478

Genres

  • Hard Rock
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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Classic, but definitely not classy.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

I’m having trouble describing how I feel about ZZ Top. For the most part I love their hits, and so Sharp Dressed Man and Gimme All Your Lovin’ were great listens, as always. I really don’t care for their slower songs, and this album has two of those, including the hit, Legs. The rest of their songs kind of feel like slightly less good clones of their hits, making this a pretty consistent record, I suppose. For me that was really frustrating. Listening to the deep cuts was king of like… listening to your favorite song on a radio station whose range you are on the very edge of, so you’re getting some static and maybe someone reading off baseball scores. It would be better to just change the station rather than try and listen in those circumstances. And so as I made my way through this album, I just found myself wanting to go back to the singles at the top of the record, or not listen to it at all. By the way, all their records are like this for me, and I hope another one doesn’t show up on here. The exception that proves the rule is their greatest hits, which is pure fire. As far as belonging on this list, it’s mf’ing ZZ Top. It’s worth pointing out that basically all of my favorite artists list Billy Gibbons as a massive influence to them, so for that I am grateful. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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Mon May 10 2021
5

Second album in a row that absolutely rips. The first few beats of the drum track that kicks off 'Gimme All Your Lovin'' is a free shot of dopamine every time. I think the songwriting is one point, the guitar playing is chewy, and Gibbons' rough voice contrasts wonderfully with the buzz and whoosh of the synths. They never really cracked it again properly, in my estimation - not totally - but as a synthesis of Texas boogie and new wave instrumentation, this was unique and never bettered.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

I love Billy Gibbons (I was just listening to 'La Grange' the other day). He's an incredible guitarist, great vocalist, great songwriter, and a wonderful showman (in the most positive sense of the word). I do like this album and a lot of ZZ Top's work. When an artist (or anyone, really) is genuinely having fun at what they do, it's infectious. I lean more towards their more raw, "dirty blues" stuff because I do that generally when it comes to blues-based rock, but this is a fun album.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
3

This is a very good album, the story of how they dicked Linden Hudson really kind of sours it.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
1

ZZ Flop

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Sat Jul 09 2022
1

The music is far lower quality than La Grange, their first album , which was on 1001. Eliminator was made for and shows the impact of MTV. Good music was replaced with long beards, spinning guitars and enough hotties that you might think you were watching a 1980s beer commercial. On Spotify all that's left is the music. 

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

This album is high energy and has some of the great ZZ Top songs

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

The perfect mix of kick-the-dirt punk and fun rock ballads

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Mon May 31 2021
5

Such a fantastic album, always great

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

What an album!

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Outstanding

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Great stuff

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Sun Jul 11 2021
5

An awesome rock album that blends blues with 80s dance music, creating timeless radio hits and fun.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Top

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Classic, high energy, all around good time.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Awesome

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Damn. This is a quality album that clearly shows off ZZ Top’s iconic style. A lot of great hits and a great overall album.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Love this album. One of the first vinyls I had in high school.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Classic blues guitar rock. Reminds of a dingy bar filled with smoke.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Car driving music!

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great album, start to finish. Even enjoyed hearing a song about TV dinners.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Letztens die Doku gesehen. Tolle Band, besonderes Album!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

What a great album. It's nothing but jam after jam that manage to just barely avoid being cheesy and, instead, come off as truly iconic. Just a really fun album.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

great album for southern rock noodling. Knew lot of ZZ top but only actually recognized a few from this one. Love how an album can be so unabashedly horny, and still devote a song to tv dinners.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

One word Wednesday: Dusty And I have to add that this album is better than most give it credit. Almost 40 years of several tracks being overplayed and several retrospectively-Uber-cheesy videos don’t help either. Also some great tunes that seldom hit the radio - “ I Got the Six” & “TV Dinners” 4.5 stars, but I’m rounding up in memory of recently departed Bass player Dusty Hill. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Listworthy = 👍

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

glad i listened - almost didn't - but now i know that one montage song from 30 rock when tracy and jenna go shopping, and that is priceless

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Still love it.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

If you don't like this, then frankly, there's no help for you. Absolutely rattles along with dirty funky riffs galore.

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

This album’s got Legs and I love to listen to it while eating my TV Dinners. BTW, its also got Gimme All Your Lovin, Got Me Under Pressure and Sharp Dressed Man. This is the album where they broke into a more mainstream sound from their blues band past. My favorite ZZ Top album. 5

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

-"Gimme All Your Lovin'" is such a catchy tune and the riff after the chorus is awesome -"Got Me Under Pressure" is such an awesome song and I'm surprised it isn't a bigger bit. Something about it is just so awesome. The guitar riff grooves, and the pattern of the lyrics makes it super catchy. Although, I do prefer the live version where the lyrics have a bit more oomph -"Sharp Dressed Man" is a ZZ Top Classic. Great riff, and I personally love the "...black tie (black tie)" bit. -"I Got the Six" is a totally rad song. The drum riff thing in the choruses is great, and the drumming just keeps an awesome beat behind the slick guitar work throughout. Some of these sound pretentious but it's cuz I would just be repeating myself for half these songs. Also the scream after like the second chorus is pretty crazy -"Legs" is a total classic, and the synth riff is pretty sweet, with plenty of "live" work over the top -"Thug" was actually the first song I heard from ZZ Top after knowing "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Cheap Sunglasses" for years. The syncopated slap bass stuff is so cool, it's like catchy and unpredictable. -"TV Dinners," "Dirty Dog," "If Only I Could Flag Her Down," and "Bad Girl" are all solid, but don't have some big standout feature -Overall super solid and grooving album

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Really good rock. I like this better than Tres Hombres.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Give Me All Your Loving is a great boogying tune. Its not just the singles that have this deep and abiding sense of groove. What a kickass album.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

This is ultimate ZZ Top. As my dad puts it, “ The great Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill along with Frank Beard….Created a great Blues-Rock fusion unparalleled in modern rock. Turn it up, open a cold beer and ENJOY!!!!” This is so true. Of course you have 3 of their biggest hits on this album (Sharp Dressed Man, Gimme All Your Lovin, and Legs” but “I Got the Six” and “Bad Girl” are so fun.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

This is such a fun album, definitely more of a "pop" outing for ZZ Top than they're more bluesy stuff but it's a bop from front to back. Lots of classics in here, opening with Gimme All Your Lovin and just riding that wave through to the end.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

02/04/2022 A CLASSIC! Will never get old. Easiest 5-star yet.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

Gimme all your lovin

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Texan rock and roll, and childhood memories. Love it. I think the is the best ZZ Top album

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Rock.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Just a straight up fun album with lots of energy and some great musicianship! What's not to love about ZZ Top? This album also has some of their biggest hits! Put it on and enjoy from start to finish! Oh mercy!

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

It's very good!

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

One of the first records I ever bought with my own money. All killer No filler.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
5

Rockend, maar toch zeer dansbaar! De mannen van ZZ-top weten hoen ze bluesrock moeten maken. topalbum

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Brilliant. But Deguello is the one for me

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Sun May 01 2022
5

I just love it

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Mon May 16 2022
5

There's something irresistible about ZZ Top, and this album exemplifies that special something.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Fado

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Amazing

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Under pressure is so nearly a classic - the riff is sublime but the verses and lyrics ruin it - a real shame. With a little adjustment it could have been a massive hit. Same with I got the six. When they manage to match verse & lyrics to a riff, the result is spectacular - hence 3 huge singles on the album. Guitar is utterly magnificent all through the album. Billy Gibbons is an awesome riff machine and fab guitarist. The album has a distinctive sound which tore through 1983.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

cool

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Sharp sounding album

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Rock solid all the way through. I was quite familiar with all the singles, and have listened to the album completely several times in the past, and as usual it sneaks up on me just how good it is. Great balance between polished production and the fuzz and grunge of the distorted guitar. Memorable guitar work, catchy choruses. Everything that rock 'n' roll should be.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Love it. Always have.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Dang, what a cool album. Metal, synthy, with a cool industrial beat. It’s fun and a great album to get pumped up to. Makes me want to go real fast in my car haha. A ton of great singles but a very cohesive album overall

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Classic. This belongs on the list.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Great album! Few big hits, strong b-sides, gotta love ZZ Top

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

good, really good

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

One of my favorite albums. Dusty and Frank driving the rhythm under Billy's melodic blues guitar and vocals. Very formula based and gets a lot of criticism for sounding the same. Billy's guitar tone and vocal growl make all the difference. The song "Thug" shows they can get out of their formulaic comfort zone with effects and Dusty popping a syncopated rhythm. Not the best song but just proof that they aren't a one trick pony. It really doesn't matter as I can easily pass the time grooving along to every sing on this album, and suddenly it's over. Great music for long drives and just chilling with friends. This is the blues power trio not prog rock (another favorite genre of mine.) I'll gladly listen to this album over and over, just to discover something new and a renewed appreciation for the group.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

yeahhh....

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

My favourite ZZ album, great rock/blues 80s vibe, sharp dressed man is a jukebox killer.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
5

Really good album, lots of great rock classics. Favourite: Sharp Dressed Man

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Sat May 15 2021
4

A few of these songs have been burned into my memory after years of hearing them, but this is catchy stuff. Couldn't bring myself to give it less than 4/5.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Hard to believe this album came out in the 80s

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Thu Dec 31 2020
4

Great

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Very good - surprised I don’t have this.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Fed rock. Fed guitar og og fængende sange. 3.5 stjerne

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

Bears guys got good guitar again.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Liked this much more than anticipated. Somehow, I never listened to any ZZ Top before. But they had some nice and groovy songs like "sharp dressed man" or "legs"

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Angst lyrics but 90’s rock sound.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Pretty sweet guitar riffs

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Goooood. I like it. Have always heard of ZZ Top but never gave them a listen.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

sharp dressed man, legs, gimme all your lovin - some classics here. Texas rock blues

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

groovin

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Very fun

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Entertaining classic southern rock album.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Easy to forget how hard ZZ rocks sometimes. Inspired me to make an Old Head Rock playlist.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Great driving music, as shown by the hot rod cover

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Hard rock soul, memorable riffs, and a lot of blues. I love it!

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Awesome!

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

gr8

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Bon album a mettre avec papa

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Bangin

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Fun classic rock and roll

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Fantastic listen; a lot of very good songs packed in here.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Pretty good!

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Pretty mellow, pretty good.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Good upbeat jams to listen to

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Pretty good

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

8

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Quite enjoyed it, especially Gary!

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Great album!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Very Good

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Ich kannte die Band, hab aber noch nie ein Album durchgehört. Gar nicht mal so schlecht! Da sind zwei drei Lieder drauf, die man (unbewusst) kennt - funzt aber auch gut am Stück. Also: Zack, aufs Motorrad und dem Sonnenuntergang entgegen :P

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

A guilty pleasure album for sure. Not a bad song on it, but the music isn't that great. It feels artificial somehow. I was very surprised to learn this was 80s music. It feels very 70s but with 80s production. I feel bad giving it a 3, but does it earn a 4? It's a 3.75.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

You've got to love "Gimme all your lovin'", it's such a classic. Really enjoyed this whole album although I didn't expect to.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Gimmie All Your Lovin' is a banger. Remember that from the GTA IV days. Oof. Got Me Under Pressure, sounds like a groovy trucker tune. Excellent guitar work. Sharp Dressed Man sounds like a reworked version of Gimmie All Your Lovin', not the most creative effort on the record. Still got a groove, no doubt. I Need You Tonight, a slow pit stop from the rest of the album. Calm little jam. Definitely one for the fluffer mix. I Got The Six brilliant energy reinforcer. Legs also brilliant. Nice ballad. Thug, interesting bass work. Very trucker funk. I like it. TV Dinners is a steady tune. Dirty Dog makes me wonder if they know any other timings for their guitar work.... If I Could shows some variation...nice Bad Girl sounds a little...repetitive. Funny to say after most of the album is repetitive guitar work, but solid mixes and tunes overall.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised! Makes me want to explore more ZZ top.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Listening to this, it seems so unlikely that these guys were as big as they were in the 80s. But the songs are generally pretty good. Also, when I hear the song Legs, I picture a video where a woman is going around, kicking guys in the nuts. So, extra star.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

I'm enjoying this more than I expected!

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Surprisingly enjoyable. Good, hard R&R. Useful to drown out sounds of roommate hanky panky.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Fun album. I recognized most of the songs.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

A quality hard rock album. Some of ZZ Top's best.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

The boys doing what they do best

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Great album Classic rock :)

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Good foot tapping classic rock and roll 8/10

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Fri May 07 2021
4

ZZtop need I say more

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Some classics on here

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Every song sounds the same, but honestly, I liked the vibe.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

A fine album...very listenable. The hits are great but the album cuts are strong as well. 4 🌟

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

ZZTop. Classic. Old men with huge beards singing about cars and women and with loud, tangy guitars. What's not to like?

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

I love the energy of this album. It definitely has that 80's electronic rock feel good vibe going for it.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

At the risk of jinxing it, I'll say it: it looks like we're entering another classics week! ZZ Top, what a world. These guys are pretty goofy classic rock simpletons, and I don't fault them for that at all. The beards are a hilarious gimmick. "TV Dinner" are you kidding me? Can anyone be mad at this kind of music? I certainly can't. This album has THE hits too, in "Gimme All Your Lovin" and "Sharp Dressed Man." Is it all that fantastic or special? No, but it holds a place in my heart. Favorite tracks: Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man, Dirty Dog, Legs, I Got the Six. Album cover: ABSOLUTELY ICONIC. I never saw it up close like this before, never realized it was a drawing rather than a picture. Bright, bold colors for the car and the text/band logo. This one is a classic. 4.5/5

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

One of the classic rock greats!! This album has almost all the ZZ Top Top Hits. I thought I had listened to this album a long time ago and maybe I did because the other songs on the album, while decent, didn't do much to stick out to me, besides TV Dinners due to its weirdness. When your album has Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man, and Legs, there isn't much more you need on it so the fluff didn't bother me. These are songs that have followed us through childhood and remind me of summers lifeguarding and Santa Clause. Not to mention the epic album cover with the fancy car shootings its lights into the distance.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Loved this Album…

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Definite Classic. Very strong 4/5. Lots of great songs. Maybe just a little bit too commercial.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

ZZ top tunes

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Oooh this has sharp dressed man, dope. I mean it's good for what it is. I'll give it four stars.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Great stuff 👍🏼

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

nice zztop album, fast rock and roll, 2 hit songs but the rest follows right after

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

Razor sharp guitar playing over a watertight rhythm section. These songs make up an album of classic ZZ Top tunes. I loved the colour of the riffs and solos, and the feel of the music perfectly fits the album art. Will be listening again.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

I liked it. Of course I have heard all the hits. If the songs were all like that it would be an easy 5. 4.4.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Muy buen sonido, me encantó.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

I'm not sure that there are actually 11 different tracks here --- more like two and a half. What I'm saying is, some of these songs sound the same. Except Thug, which sounds like the theme from Seinfeld. But what the heck --- it's peppy and fun and I had a good time bopping around the kitchen making dinner and waxing nostalgic about high school cheerleading as I listened.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
4

Friggin' great record!

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Real mixed bag here. Lots of fun songs but starts to get a little repetitive. The hits like "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" alone are worth it though. Also really liked "If I Could Only Flag Her Down" which I'd never heard before. 3.5 stars.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

роцк))

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

220921 19:47 4

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

8/10. Surprisingly good

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

Surprisingly good, recognized more of the songs than I was expecting. 7

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

Drum machines in pop music are almost always a mistake. They're a special shame here as the fusion of hard and Southern rock is nearly immaculate. The tracklist is a bit uneven, but the best-known songs are not the best ones and at this BPM you're all but required to turn your brain way down.

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

I used to own a tape of this when it came out. Classic album that I haven't listened to for years.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

I've long heard that Eliminator is THE ZZ Top album to beat, but I've never listened to it, so here goes. The sound of the album is a bit of a shock. It's pure 80s corporate arena rock. The rhythms are robotically precise and thuddingly literal. There's that 80s sheen and slickness, the gated reverb and chorus on the vocals. The sound is compressed--my guess is that if you looked at a waveform of this music, it would look like a brick. And yet it still sounds like ZZ Top, just the MTV version. If all of this sounds like a putdown, it really isn't. Somehow, ZZ Top went for the biggest, dumbest, most commercial sound possible without coming across as sellouts. They even manage to incorporate synths and sequencers into their sound without making you want to barf. How? Wisely, the traditional guitars and vocals remain paramount--on Legs, for example, the sequenced synth comes across as a grace note, a single layer of modernity in the typical Texas boogie. Same goes for the drum machine on Thug. Interestingly, ZZ Top opts to steadily make the drum machines, synths and sequencers more prominent in the arrangements as the album wears on, but never so much that they lose the essence of their sound. As it turns out, Eliminator is a master class in updating a band for the MTV era, a path that is littered with the corpses of 70s era bands. Good for them. The songs themselves are sturdy constructions without being especially memorable, with the exception of Sharp Dressed Man.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

8/10

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Love it! New ZZ Top fan, right here!

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Pretty decent

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Slick production and hugely influential - if a little formulaic in the middle. If I ever get a job as a long haul trucker this album will help keep me fired up through the twilight stretches.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Really not something I would come back to very often....But i really did enjoy it. It was a pretty solid sounding album.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Rock. On. This was energetic as all hell and I am totally here for it. Lyrically, it was not life-changing, but that is fine. I was head-banging anyway.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

4/5

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Nice

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Loved it.....besides the hits there's some class other tunes in there

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

I never listen to ZZ Top but I like them. This record - from what I understand having watched a documentary a while back - was the crossoever that this band desperately needed after years of middling chart performance. They paid a lot of dues before recording this record. I don't need to say more than that. This record deserves to be on this list and it is a strong showing.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

I love the groove of ZZ Top. This isn't my fav album of theirs, but is still great.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Love ZZ Top, I do prefer their earlier more raw blues albums, but this one is so much fun and has so many hits, so can’t not give 4 stars.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Stellar album. 4 absolute bangers and the rest of the album holds its own. Very enjoyable.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

I rather did enjoy this. Read somewhere that this album was successful because it was a complete departure from what they had ever done before. Very over-produced, and lack of musician participation was also another reason it was a commercial success. Pretty funny.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

A little more grungy than Tres Hombres. Still loved it, but the grooves and guitar are a bit clearer and smoother in Tres Hombres.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

This whole album is a bop, as the youths say (said?🤷‍♀️). Great rock that I enjoyed beginning to end!!

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Love this album. Iconic songs.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

ZZ Top are one of them bands that are just brilliant at what they do. They just quietly go about their business and make classic songs that don't get the recognition they deserve. Their endurance and simplicity is clear with this album.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

pretty fun hard rock 8/10

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Awesome album

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Really fun.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Great rock album by ZZ, I can hear that 80s evolution on this one.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Gimme all your lovin, I got the six, Legs

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Pretty straight forward 80s type rock, but good stuff at that. The hits are mega hits, the other tracks are good overall.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

I only new the singles going in. Really holds ups. Great guitar sound.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Great albums. Sounds great from beginning to end.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Lekker album. De bekende hits staan er op, en ook de andere nummers zijn heel goed te luisteren. ZZ Topper! ****

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Fav songs: - Gimme All Your Lovin' - Sharp Dressed Man - I Need You Tonight

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

This album is a lot of fun. It was massive when it came out and it's just as catchy now as ever. One thing that stands out to me is how mechanized their sound is, something that's very different than the ZZ Top of the 70s. It was a brilliant move, because the band created this sound that rocked hard, but still fit in with the more electronic-leaning stuff that was dominant on MTV. Apparently the move didn't sit well with many of the band's longtime fans, but they really carved out a unique space in music that doesn't really sound like anything else. Many of the resulting songs are true classics. Fave Songs: Got Me Under Pressure, Sharp Dressed Man, Legs, Gimme All Your Lovin', I Need You Tonight

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Great beardey rock

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Every song on this album has been used in a montage in an 80's movie.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

Eliminator is one of those rare, magical records that contain mega-hit after mega-hit, but the band obviously coasts on some of the filler tracks, most egregiously the 6-minute-plus snoozefest of "I Need You Tonight." The good news is even when ZZ Top is coasting they're better than 90% of other bands.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Enjoyed this album, classic hard rock! There were a couple of tracks that dragged a bit, but then pulled right back up with another hit. Gotta love Gibbons' guitar work.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Great in the 80’s plus memorable videos.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

A classic album, one of their very best! Perfect blend of blues, southern rock and new wave.

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Sat May 07 2022
4

I didn’t listen all the way through yet, as I haven’t had time to sit and listen carefully. However, I have good impressions and I’m gonna give a generous 4 from what I’ve heard so far.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Temas energéticos, con buen rollo y con las bases del rock and roll

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Sun May 15 2022
4

Una de les autorreivencions més exitoses del rock. 10 anys després de posar el món del blues rock del revés amb 'Tres Hombres', donen la benvinguda als '80 amb un disc que abraça tots els tics de l'época, especialment l'amor pels sintetitzadors i les melodies contagioses. Vist amb la perspectiva del temps, el canvi, tot i ser majúscul, manté però l'essència de la banda texana. 'Dirty Dog', 'Bad Girl'... podrien pertànyer a algun dels seus discos dels setanta. En qualsevol cas, els grans singles que contenia el disc són del millor que va donar la primera part de la década, i plenament disfrutables tants anys després. Encara seguirien per aquest camí amb dos discos posteriors fins a tancar la década. Però les cotes d'inspiració ja no tornarien a ser les mateixes

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Good old fashioned hard blues rock. Like the other ZZ Top album I reviewed, there is some filler here but the rest is killer.

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Definitely not as goofy as expected. Quite enjoyed this!

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Mon May 30 2022
4

Most tracks have a really nice groove going. Enjoyed this one.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Highlights: Got Me Under Pressure Sharp Dressed Man I Need You Tonight If I Could Only Flag Her Down Artwork: 5 / 10 Rating: 7,5 / 10

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

4.25

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

The only band that successfully married boogie with the '80s. The album is way stronger than I thought it would be.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

good album, missing some tush tho

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Fantastic first half but it takes a dive in qualify after Legs. Gibbons guitar playing is something else. And though not brilliant, a fun album overall.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

ZZ Top is a weird band to me. They’re very distinct mostly because of the amazing guitar work but also a lot of the less popular songs sound like a standard 80s rock band like Def Leppard or something. The popular songs like sharp dressed man on this are very distinct from the rest of the album. Still good either way though

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

All I understood ZZTop to be was this incredibly 80s, incredibly American sound. So I look forward to hearing Le Grange etc for the totally different sound. Never a huge fan of the singles, though they're obviously big old pop songs and you can't fault the craft. Tbh I think only Gimme all your Lovin had a serious impact in the UK. For me anyway. Great for any time I'm feeling in the mood for big daft rock such as this - not in anyway to denigrate it, those times and places do happen.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Lotta classics I wasn't expecting

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Excelente rock clásico de los 70-80 con guitarras rítmicas y con bastante pegada. Míticos y con canciones pegadizas.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

This is just a fun album to listen to. It does a great job of taking ZZ Top's southern bluesy guitars and adding just enough new wave to really make some fun jams with some wide appeal.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

Always down for some rockin' blues. I don't think I've ever heard this album from start to finish, though I know most people should be familiar with at least 3 or 4 of these tracks. Definitely my first exposure to their music back in the day.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Great bluesy, metal rock album by one of the most recognizable bands of the 1980s. Four singles were released from this one album, the most successful being "Legs." Billy Gibbon's guitar style is fun to listen to, while his addition of synth and drum machines make these songs rock even more. This was definitely a memorable album and was an obvious inclusion on the list.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Gibbons and Hill have some of the best playing and tone in blues-based rock music. This album builds nicely from their prior records while incorporating synths and more electronic sounds for the 80s. Generally fun, simple lyrical themes. Good times all around.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

So many hits and great rhythms.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Take out the four singles, play the other tracks. How many stars? 3. 3.5 if they did half-stars. So add four singles back in, and difficult to argue with at least 4 stars. Why not five? What is done is done brilliantly, but it is only the one thing that is done.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

What a great rock album this is! My knowledge of ZZ Top is very little but this album was awesome to listen to!

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

I find this combination of boogie, blues, and synth rock to be really interesting and Eliminator does have the chops to pull it off. I might not like the over-reliance on guitar noodling between the chorus and verses, but it otherwise is a fun listen.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

R R R Real Rock Shit

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Fuck yeeeeaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Fun album!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Classic rock is classic. Fun to think of this hard rock banger coming out in the midst of New Wave revolution.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Rough open, and a snoozer or 2, but some of these chugging songs are strong enough to keep it securely in 4 territory.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Nicw

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Wouldn’t have listened to it, not my genre… still nice

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Durchgängig solides Rock-Album mit 2-3 herausragenden Titeln.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Nice guitar work

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