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Eliminator

ZZ Top

1983

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Eliminator

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3.43

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Classic, but definitely not classy.

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

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5

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

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5

Such a fantastic album, always great

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What an album!

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Outstanding

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Great stuff

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

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Top

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Classic, high energy, all around good time.

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Awesome

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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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5

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

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

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Car driving music!

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

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Letztens die Doku gesehen. Tolle Band, besonderes Album!

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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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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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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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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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Still love it.

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

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

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Gimme all your lovin

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

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Rock.

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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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It's very good!

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

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

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5

Brilliant. But Deguello is the one for me

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I just love it

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

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Fado

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Amazing

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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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Hard to believe this album came out in the 80s

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Great

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Very good - surprised I don’t have this.

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

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Bears guys got good guitar again.

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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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Angst lyrics but 90’s rock sound.

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Pretty sweet guitar riffs

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

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

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groovin

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Very fun

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Entertaining classic southern rock album.

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

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Great driving music, as shown by the hot rod cover

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

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Awesome!

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gr8

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Bon album a mettre avec papa

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Bangin

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4

Fun classic rock and roll

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4

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

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Pretty good!

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Pretty mellow, pretty good.

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Good upbeat jams to listen to

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Pretty good

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8

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Quite enjoyed it, especially Gary!

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Great album!

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Very Good

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

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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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I'm enjoying this more than I expected!

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

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Fun album. I recognized most of the songs.

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

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The boys doing what they do best

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Great album Classic rock :)

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Good foot tapping classic rock and roll 8/10

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ZZtop need I say more

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Some classics on here

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Loved this Album…

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

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ZZ top tunes

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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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Great stuff 👍🏼

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

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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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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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Muy buen sonido, me encantó.

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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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Friggin' great record!

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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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роцк))

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220921 19:47 4

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8/10. Surprisingly good

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

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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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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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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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8/10

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Love it! New ZZ Top fan, right here!

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Pretty decent

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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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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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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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4/5

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Nice

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

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

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

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

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Love this album. Iconic songs.

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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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pretty fun hard rock 8/10

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Awesome album

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Really fun.

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

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

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

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Great albums. Sounds great from beginning to end.

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

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

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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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Great beardey rock

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

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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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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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Great in the 80’s plus memorable videos.

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

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

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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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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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4

Definitely not as goofy as expected. Quite enjoyed this!

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

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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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4.25

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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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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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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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it was ok i guess.

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80s excess drenched in some classic, southern fried blues. The riffs are great, might be a little fat to trim. Some, dare I say, interesting song topic choices (I'm looking at you "TV Dinners"). "Sharp Dressed Man" plays in everyone's head when they put on a suit. Favorite tracks: "Dirty Dog", "Gimme All Your Lovin'"

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ZZ Toppia, toimii tietenkin vaikkei mun lemppari olekaan

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only heard like half of it unfortunately but still, not my thing

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Kivasti soivaa rockia noin kokonaisuutena ja pari kovaa lekaa.

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Flashy trip through history

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I want to like it but it's just not enough for a 4 for me. The songs are just a bit too simple for me, both lyrically aswell as musically but they lack the catchiness of for example CCR

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It's OK! I'm not really super-duper into the whole 80's rock scene but I gave it a listen.

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It's good , but the relentless pounding drum machine is bit much...

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Not a huge ZZ TOP fan, but see how the album makes the list

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It was fine.

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Nothing mind-blowing, but a lot better than expected! "Sharp-Dressed Man" and "Legs" are the standouts!

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Ganz ok. Wieder ein Album, zu dem ich nichts weiter sagen kann.

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Something was lost from their older stuff. This is too polished, too... 80s, but in a bad way.

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Enjoyed. It made me think of the tv show Bones. Would listen again

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i liked it but nothing extraordinary

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While not ZZ Top's best album (personally that honor goes to "Degüello") this album rocketed them to huge commercial success, and was my first album of theirs. it has arguably their biggest hits, and some stinkers, but overall a very good album.

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Fun record. Love their sound, even if a lot of tracks blend together.

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Not the kind of music I'd listen to on a daily basis, or ever, as a matter of fact. I'm just not a fan of blues-rock in general. However, I still think this album is interesting due to its production history, the fact that it was the first ZZ Top album made using synths and drum machines plus guitars and that it was basically just Billy Gibbons and the producer in the studio, while Dusty Hill and Frank Beard did almost nothing.

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I occassionally think Gimme All Your Lovin' is Huey Lewis. Whoops.

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The first ‘whole’ ZZ Top album I’ve listened to. The hits are SO good. The non hits are SO forgettable. All balances out.

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Grand for the background. Some good riffs.

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Well, nice listening that guitars and the distorsion, but seeing the videos on MTV make a great difference

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This sounds like rock music

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This album is very common and easy to listen to. I know that it should be considered a great rock album for 83, but nowadays, the age came and it just an ok album.

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3.6 - Fun, bouncy blues rock with some synth elements to modernize the sound for 1983. Some of their biggest hits are here - "Sharp Dressed Man", "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Legs." Also some throwaway tracks, notably "TV Dinners", which sounds like it was written by a 9 year old.

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Too much white noise.

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Very riff heavy songs a fun listen

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Meh

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Some of this could be brilliant but needs to lose the synthesisers and the ridiculously clean production. Would probably be great without those.

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Samey af

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Is “I got the six” about a size queen looking for a gay hookup?

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Good fun! Some bangers. Between a 3 and a 4. Gonna go with.... hmmm a 3.

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Good fun.

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Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I was flirting with 4 stars, but the second half was less impressive than the first. 7/10

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Perusrokkia Ameriikasta. Tätä kuunnellessa pystyi kuvittelemaan itsensä alasarjan jääkiekkopeliin, kun kuuluttaja pistää jytää c-kasetilta. Vähän jo jossain kohtaa mietin pitäisikö tarjota ihan nelosta, mutta pyöristin kuitenkin kolmoseen. Sharp Dressed Man oli tietty se hittibiisi, mutta levy rullasi muutenkin kivasti eteenpäin. Joissain kohdin kitarajurnuttelut olivat kuitenkin turhan pitkiä ja jumittavia.

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All the hits, lots of fun and does what it says on the tin.

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Deece. A low 3

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Great rockin album. Three or four songs that got WAY too much airplay, but the rest of the songs are strong.

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Simppeli resepti. Homma lähtee kitarariffillä ja sitten rummut ja basso ihan normaalisti. Texasin Kotiteollisuus. Kolme ajatonta hittiä, mutta loput levystä aikalailla täytettä. Tai same old same mutta vähän eri mausteilla. Kitarasoolot oli välillä loppumattoman pitkiä ja hitaammat biisit varsin outoja. Pelkästään hittien takia kuitenkin 3.

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I'm finding it difficult to form an opinion for this album, I think I liked it but I don't see myself ever listening to it again so...

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3.5/5 I'll have to relisten, although it's kind of interesting!

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Mostly dull, but 2 very catchy songs. Never really got in tune with ZZ.

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So cool

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I Need You Tonight is a great song. Decent album, would listen to again.

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Macht Lust auf eine neue Staffel Peaky Blinders.

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Teils guter und harter Rock. Allerdings hab ich mich nach 4-5 Liedern sattgehört. Mit einem Tag Abstand merke ich, wie sehr mir Musik mit echten Instrumenten doch manchmal fehlt und wie schön raue Rockstücke sein können.

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Route 66, Bärte, Motorräder, Rockmusik...

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Nice pick. I liked it just fine.

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Батянский рок

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Good album

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Great fun

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Some great tracks, some duds too. There are better ZZ Top albums but always worth dipping into

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Fast women, faster cars. It was certainly a different era.

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Paar Banger drauf. Album ist okay. Mehr Bart wäre wünschenswert

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barndom ..

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I went into this album thinking I wasn’t a ZZ Top fan. And I went out realizing that was still true. This album has its moments and its good in its own way. I don’t really enjoy how just about every song is about the objectification of a woman.

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its a fine rock album. honestly better than I expected it to be but still nothing crazy to write home about

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ZZ Top was one of the first bands I saw live (2008 Orange Bowl halftime show) but I had no idea who they were.

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Kind of forgettable

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I def dislike this but it is an unheralded ingredient of mainstream 80s rock for sure

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Alright, but not fantastic. A few good songs, but unfortunately, the rest are not very interesting.

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Sharp Dressed Man is one of those songs I've heard 100 times played by cover bands, but I don't think I ever listened to the actual song until now. Really good stuff, tasteful synth usage on top of the standard rock sound. They sure made the most of the minor pentatonic scale.

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I liked the non-hits as much as the hits, but the entire album is knocked down one star by the TV dinner mess of a song.

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This is a fun listen. I appreciate the eighties electronic textures. Favourite track is TV Dinners.

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It all sounds the same but it’s as classic rock as it gets

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They were great in their time. Liked their music more then then now.

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There are some amazing songs on here, but there are also a couple that kind drag on… for me they balance the album between not quite being incredible, but not quite being a bad album either

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I like ZZ Top but this is just basic classic rock. Nothing spectacular

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Very 80s rock production, sadly not enough ZZ Top blues for a higher score, but a solid album.

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ZZ Top was the face of blues for millions following the release of this album. ZZ Top were quite vocal about their blues roots and their influences in legends like Howlin Wolf or any of the Kings. After all, they made huge contributions like the renovation of the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. This album was a transition period into a much harder sound incorporating synths typical of the 80s. But these songs still follow true to the blues formula, found in most of the songs, especially the guitar solos. Of course the highlights are the three singles. My personal favorite is the lesser known of the three "Legs", probably because of the computerized synths and lighter tone. I liked a lot of songs, especially on the second side, to be weak. Why? Well, I like the variety in funky synths. And the blues sound is there... sometimes. But it sounded too much like other hard rock or synth of the era. It tried too hard to be commercialized, and in the end the songs themselves did not stand out. And I wonder if any of the songs would have stood out if not for the MTV heavy rotation. Overall, it is an enjoyable experience with great radio staples but tried too hard to be something of its time.

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Noh brilliant nor bad…

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Lustige Mischung aus schlichtrock und guten Sachen

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Straight up rock. Aight

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This album is great blues influenced rock. So catchy and so fun. I love this record. If you don’t smile during TV dinners you may need to talk to a professional.

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Boring. 5/10

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Pretty cheesy but a solid album and fun to listen to 6/10

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Legs is one of the best rock tracks of all time, Give Me All Your Loving has been used to death in adverts so just makes me think of sofa sales. The rest is nice but it all blends into one for me, it’s very of it’s time and not my cup of tea.

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I tend to think of zz top as gezers but they seem like they might have been pretty hip back in the 80s. pretty decent classic rock album but likely not one I'll come back to often.

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Good ol' classic rock and roll. Deserves a 3.5 but I can't quite get it to a 4.

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Decent listen. Several hits that were fun, most of the others were ok but a lot of the same sound.

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Another prominent star in the constellation of my pop adolescence. Friday Night Videos standards for many months. Clearly guitar is the star here, and it doesn’t get much better for this style of American heavy rock. The singing shows its weakness whenever the material gets slightly challenging though, and the lyrics at best have a slick but superficial stylishness, at its peak in Sharp Dressed Man.

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Nokkrir bangerar. Fín plata!

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Hit singles lifting a solid rock album that wears its blues history on its sleeve as a badge of honour. Nostalgia and knowing wink glosses over the sexism. A step into the mainstream for a jobbing rock band.

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meh not my type of music but was okay

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notttt really to my tastes - every drum beat the same - all songs seemed to be the same tempo. some nice vocals and guitars though i'll give them that

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Guay. 3

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Fairly standard MOR rockers, some better than others. 'Legs' is a nice change of direction, and I'm fascinated by the fact they stopped thinking about sex for just long enough to write a song about TV dinners.

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Enjoyable rock for a Monday morning

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2021.11.19

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The hits are hits for a reason, all that guitar is goddamn catchy shit and I'm here for it. But the album does become quite monotonous as it goes on. Thank you for giving us "Legs" and knowing how to use them.

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7/10

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Rock al palo. Nada de cosas raras. Con un par de hits para que todo el mundo se sienta familiarizada con la banda

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When I first started working, I was on a project with a retirement age gentleman. The main thing I remember about him is that my coworker told me his daughter was the woman in the Legs video. Well what did google pop up when I searched for “ZZ Top legs girl”? A 2013 nostalgic blog post by an 80s music video aficionado where he tracked down the Legs woman and sort of interviewed her. She remembered, “I think the most memorable scene (although some would disagree, preferring the lingerie shot) was being placed by the biker up on the counter and spinning to kick off my boyfriend’s boss. In the process, by accident, just a peek of the crotch of my underwear showed. I was ahead of Sharon Stone. A true slip and never brought to my attention.” https://www.noblemania.com/2013/07/the-girl-in-video-legs-1984-part-1-of-3.html?m=1 The guy tracked down and interviewed a number of lesser known 80s music video stars, like all five women from Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. The site is a hoot for consumers of 80s MTV. I watched the Legs video for the first time. All I can say is that special effects were poor in 1983, amazingly so. ZZ Top are at their best when the guitars are driving things forcefully with a steady beat from the drummer. Songs like Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sharp Dressed Man, Legs, and Bad Girl. It’s a bit boring otherwise.

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Is ZZ Top peak rock and roll? Anything more quintessentially rock and roll than ZZ Top and Billy Gibbons' whole aesthetic? And is there anything more peak of the peak than "TV Dinners?" They wrote and recorded and, I assume, repeatedly played, a bluesy rocker of a tune about the necessity of a microwaved meal. "TV dinners, I'm feelin' kinda rough TV dinners, this one's kinda tough I like the enchiladas and the teriyaki too I even like the chicken if the sauce is not too blue" Amen, Billy, amen. I've never understood the early 80s so well. Of course, they do follow it up with a rather creepy song about wanting to catcall a pretty girl in a nice car. Again, the 80s... "Gimme All Your Lovin,'" "Legs," and "Sharp Dressed Man" were probably Billy Gibbons' greatest achievements... until his recurring role as Angela's dad on "Bones," at least.

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Good rock and roll

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Just good old fashion southern rock'n'roll. This is a perfect album for driving with the windows down.

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Good

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zz top-ne top

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Inte superspännande men har svårt att inte tycka om ZZ. Gimme all your lovin och Sharp Dressed Man är toppenlåtar. Däremot mycket ganska intetsägande låtar även på den här plattan. Cruisar hela vägen till en trea

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So, I like ZZ Top, but I don't think they're really that good. I appreciate that it's three guys and they were like, "Hey, let's stick to a shuffle on the drums, eighth notes on the base, a single guitar tone, and write a buncha songs about girls and cars. Oh, also, we'll have cool beards and spin our guitars around." And - to their credit - it worked. They are iconic in the sense that you can play 5 seconds of any of their songs and people will be like, "oh, that's ZZ Top." The part of me that loves this music wants to rate it favorably. The critique in me can't get past the horrible slap-bass on Thug (or the general "okay-ness" of the entire album). Given that I believe ZZ Top has a place on a "top 1001" list, and given my assumption that this is the only one of their albums we'll encounter on the list - 3.

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Good slbum

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Sharp dressed man is always a good song. Tv Dinner was really weird lol. Solid album I liked it plenty of guitar throughout

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A fine album, nothing I'm going head-over-heels for but an easy listen with some familiar tunes.

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3.5

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Incredible guitar ruined every time by shouting 😂

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Enjoyed this album by ZZ Top. Felt like a pretty typical 80s rock album filled with rocking songs to drive to. Album went pretty quick and only a few songs that weren’t too great. Some classics on there though too. 7.2/10

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It’s funny how I sort of think of “Gimme All Your Lovin’” as a Christmas song because of The Santa Clause even though that song makes no sense being in that scene in that movie. This album has cool riffs and fun vibes though.

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I didn't expect to like this, but it was actually pretty fun... at first. I don't know if the album just drops off or if it was too much of the same thing, but I got bored by the end.

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Beards at the ready! Thrusting power chords evoke visions of American road trips. Decent enough

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Good album, enjoyed it. Strong guitar riffs, catchy

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Pretty average, some good songs

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It's fun for a bit. There's definitely some fun, catchy riffs. I can't imagine not enjoying at least a few songs here just for that alone. The vocals aren't so great. Some songs don't work for me at all. I don't have a heap of praise but it really was a enjoyable listen for the most part.

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This is the ZZ Top album with all the hits... but not as good as Tres Hombres or La Futura.

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"If I blow my top will you let it go to your head?" Perhaps the only time I've heard a popular song lyric that I'm pretty sure is a euphemism for giving someone a facial. How can you not love that? Seriously though, ZZ Top is pretty cool. Lucinda Williams loves them, so I guess that's good enough for me. I do think they were better before they tried to break through to more of a mass audience though. Great guitar. 3 stars.

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This is ZZ Top's 8th album, and it's their most successful one - selling 20 million worldwide and being certified diamond in the US. This was the first ZZ Top album to have a breakout outside the states and achieve worldwide success. The album also sold ten times more than any previous ZZ Top album in the US. The music can be categorized as hard/blues/synth rock, since at the time the band was evolving from blues rock to a more mainstream synth rock and new wave sound. The tempo of the songs on this album was also faster than previous albums. A portion of this album's popularity can be attributed to multiple music videos that were produced and aired on MTV regularly. The changes made by the band for this album paid off, with the album making the band become newly popular with young people, as well as satisfying the older fans. This may just be the best ZZ Top album!

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Not so good

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Not a big fan of cars, but I guess that shiny red eliminator is pretty fascinating. That's how I felt throughout the entire album. It's an interesting and fun take on blues rock in the '80s domain. The singles are great, but it has a considerable amount of fillers. Synthesizers and drum machines are so good at turning music into noise that the entire second half became boring. Still a fun album, but perhaps just outdated.

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Not quite as fun as the Bon Jovi but still pretty good!

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So I loved the videos back when I was young. Songs are decent but I love the older ZZ Top much better.

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Genre: Hard Rock 3/5 6 albums ago, I received the other ZZ Top album, Tres Hombres, a much more straight blues rock album with some slick lead guitar work, but overall it didn't bust my nut. I could almost copy/paste that sentiment for Eliminator, but I'd replace "straight blues" with "heavy synth". The 80s is all over this, but ZZ Top doesn't let it get too much in the way of their rockin' ways. Gimme All Your Lovin and Sharp Dressed Man are both great hard pop rock jams, both huge hits, both dripped in synth backdrops, and both with knockout lead guitar playing from Billy Gibbons. The rest of the album was entirely formulaic, with not much to comment on, but the bass playing in Thug is essential listening and nearly each song features Gibbons lettin' loose in some way, which is always a good time. Decent album.

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Machinelike cool.

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Semi-decent fast paced rock. I enjoyed the use of synthesizers on a few of the songs, which I wasn’t expecting from a ZZ Top album. Biggest turnoff we’re the lyrics consistently being creepy or just simply boiling down to “I want to have sex with this pretty woman”. 5/10

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The hits are the hits. The rest is fine but not memorable. Cover art 5/5 instantly recognisable

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Peut-être à 5$

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Ese sonido de guitarra se extraña en la música actual. Le pongo 3 porque si bien hay canciones buenas, hay rellenos por allí.

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Gruff vocals, plenty of screaming guitar solos but a little bit samey and not really my cuppa tea. But to be fair, it was ok rock music.

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Starts off great. Rather single faceted towards the end 3/5

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Makes me want to go to a Hard Rock Cafe and drink a £6.99 lemonade.

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Not a bad 80s rock album.

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There is something elegant in the simplicity of the concept here - like with the Ramones. But really, in this case it's not for me. Trivia question - which is the only ZZ Top member without a beard - the drummer, Frank Beard! And then there is the Sesame St parody for the letter Z - classic line and the end from the Billy Gibbons muppet: "Only band I've ever played with that can fall asleep and keep playing the blues"!

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This album was fun to listen to. I enjoyed the classics at the start but as the album moved on I began to feel like I was listening to a guitarist jamming over a backing track or a youtube guitar instructional video.

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Fun album, with some solid songs and great guitars.

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Will never be my favourite music, but more too it than I would have thought.

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Enjoyable. I have been passing on the fact that most rock music during the dreadful 80’s kept the good music going

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Fine southern rock. I get it's popularity but it was a time and a place for me in HS.

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Totally C average rock. As enjoyable as a Big Mac and fries. Any song from this album would fit in nicely on the soundtrack to a 1980s teen comedy.

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In which three bonobos tap into their jungle roots and lay down as much funk as they do dumbell boogie and metallic riffing. A minor triumph and, given the year of release, reminder to the overglammed, overemoting, honky, horndog arena rockers of the time that the basics are just groovy on their own, thank you very much.

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some good hits, some utter shit.. also reading about it don't like how they ripped of their pal

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Driving beat, classic tunes, plenty of samey fillers

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Mm, ZZ Top... Dies ist eine sehr gewöhnliche Rock-Platte, wie sie viele machen könnten. Und davon Abstand nehmen, weil sie sich dabei selbst langweilen würden. Trotz des erkennbaren Willens zum Experiment und der dabei verwendeten Geräte wie Drumcomputer und Synthesizer, die seinerzeit state-of-the-art waren, reißen einen die Songs nie vom Hocker. (Note to self: vielleicht mal eine Platte mit Aufnahmen meines eigenen nachmittäglichen Rock-Gegniedels machen?) Nicht ganz widerlich, aber auch nicht mehr als 2 Sterne.

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Äijärockia jossa veivataan samaa keskinkertaista biisiä 40 vuotta. Sama pelikirja käytössä kuin Popedalla ja Metallicalla. Hassut parrat eivät tällä kertaa nosta arvosanaa.

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5th-grade Graham liked ZZ Top, but that was probably because of the weird music video for TV Dinner. Not a group I'd really listen to today.

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one good single

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Not the worst hair metal I’ve heard

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I can't really take ZZ Top seriously... The best songs in the albums are singles that have become memes from 80s movies and classic rock stations. The worst, like I Need You Tonight, sound like Dirk Diggler trying to make an album.

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O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D <CLAP> <CLAP> <CLAP> <CLAP> <CLAP>

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Is this a song about TV dinners? Did I accidentally switch to a Weird Al album? Not quite my jam. The spotify radio that came on after the album was pretty solid though.

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false

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Top-notch blues riffage; but lyrics as deep as a kiddie-pool

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Only had time for one listen. Quite good, fun-sounding rock music.

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80s timepiece - such an odd combination of Dire Straits, Status Quo and Lynard Skynard with some comically bad slap bass and questionable lyrics (2/5)

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Not very exciting, background music

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Gimme all your Lovin' ist ein schöner Klassiker. Stabile Bärte und stabiler Sound. Ansonsten wenig Überraschungen. Kann man mal gut beim Autofahren hören.

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Worst one yet, got bored with it on whilst working

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Respeito menos mas é mais a minha.

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There’s a reason they needed the long beard gimmick. Imma marking them up a point just for the quality of guitar work, which is the redeeming quality of this album, though not enough to ever make me listen to it again.

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1st thought: dang sharp dressed man has one crunchy riff! 2nd thought: wait a second all these songs have the same goddamn riff... 3rd thought: zz top is the plebeian choice of dad music to steely dan's patrician. 4th thought: i am putting this album into a category i hereby dub 'guitar center core'

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Not too bad. Some songs better than others. Some were fun like "Sharp Dressed Man"

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The sound of the 80's

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Fun fact about ZZ Top! The drummer's name is Brain Good-At-Writing-Songs, which is so ironic because this band sucks.

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At first it sounded ok but after a couple of songs I lost interest, too noisy

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another rock album to the collection, heavy on the guitars and more upbeat which is good. but still not my favorite.

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This brand of 80s rock doesn't do much for me.

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Started off strong and I like the album artwork, but lost interest towards the end. Some strong guitar and bass but a bit uninteresting overall for me.

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Gubbigt

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A lot of guitar. Never listened to this whole album before. Doubtful I will do so again… Loved hearing all the bigger hits that I have not forgotten. “Gimme All Your Lovin’”, “Got Me Under Pressure,” “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Legs”. “I Need You Tonight”. Nice break from the faster songs. I remember this song but couldn’t have identified it. “TV Dinners” - don’t know that I’ve ever heard this but enjoy the silliness. Why is it called “Dirty Dog” when it appears they only sing about a “Scurvy Dog”? While I don’t regret listening to this album. I enjoy ZZ Top’s guitars more in smaller doses.

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I'm not sure why these guys have such a devoted following. I was trying to figure out what 'Legs' would've sounded like if it was written by women. "She's got legs, and she knows how to use them" ...would be changed to... "He's got money, and he knows how to save it?" And what would they look like? A trio of hairy women in trench coats and sunglasses, perhaps? And it was with that exercise that made me realize that it was more fun than listening to this music.

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"Sharp dressed man" är otrolig, allt annat är lite meh. Överaskande bra kvalitet med en riktigt tight bas på vissa låtar. Kunde i min åsikt, (desamma gäller den tidigare ZZtopsskivan också), gott vara en singel. Det är ju inte dålig musik men heller ingenting som bör hålla sån här status? SOLID goob-rock.

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In all honest, it does trudge a bit, but Sharp Dressed Man and Gimme All Your Lovin are great fun. Not an all time one. But not altogether unwelcome.

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Not my favorite

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This was exactly what I expected from a ZZ Top album. The opening song was great and Sharp Dressed Man is a classic I was already a fan of, but it got samey quite quickly. Not a bad album at all, just not for me

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This album reminds me of my dad. He was (is?) super into this band. He also had a massive beard.

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Glossy Radio Rock 2.1

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Don’t hate it, don’t love it. Would give it 2.5/5 if I could

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Status Quo with beards

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I have already forgotten everything that wasn't Sharp Dressed Man

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80’er rock, Sharp dressed man, rimelig tung elguitar

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ok

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Its all pretty mediocre Dad rock

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The classics were ok, but got pretty bored after that.

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Não empolgou, reconheci um hit.

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Aparte de La Grange nunca he prestado mucha atención a sus canciones. Su imagen les precede. Este disco está entretenido pero no me ha entusiasmado.

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As if this album has any song worthy of even being called a ZZ Top song Garbage.

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The only real standout tracks were their most recognizable songs on the album, Gimme All Your Lovin' and Sharp Dressed Man. The rest of the tracks felt lackluster, uncatchy and all sort of blended into one another to the point that I couldn't decipher them from one another if I took my mind off of the title for more than a couple of seconds.

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classic rock :vomit:

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Boring. Couldn’t finish

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all of their songs sound too much the same to me

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It was too rocky. Not my vibe anymore.

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Pretty much the same tacky bogan music I expected before listening to this album. It’s so dated...and not in a good way. 1 Star!

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noooooo!!!!!!

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shit

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ZZ Flop

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First time listening: 3/11 songs liked I kind of assumed like their first album, they'd be a little more bluesy? Their hard rock is EXTREMELY mundane and repetitive. I'm sure there's a time and place for it somewhere in the heart of texas, but not for me sir. 1 songs saved

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Det är inte bra bara. som rock fast sämre.

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Without doubt one of the worst albums i've ever heard, the musical and emotional range of a toddler on sherbet.

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This was just shit, what were they in about? A whole song about a lady who can use her legs jeez man. Terrible terrible

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This has not aged well.

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Hzbdb

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Awesone

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