La Futura

  • Record Label: Mercury
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Oct 1, 2012
    La Futura is the best album from ZZ Top since that '80s landmark but it flips Eliminator on its head, using synthesized elements as accents, not as a skeleton.
  2. Uncut
    Oct 26, 2012
    La Futura sounds at times overly relaxed, but never less than a fun, frill-free ride. [Dec 2012, p.79]
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2012
    La Futura is better when ZZ Top and producer Rick Rubin mess with the formula. [Nov 2012, p.112]
  4. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2012
    The sound of a band re-energised, La Futura is possibly the hard rock album of the year. [Nov 2012, p.88]
  5. Sep 25, 2012
    These guys are still bad, speeding along and with warmth, humor, mystery and funk.
  6. Oct 1, 2012
    It's an unexpectedly wonderful return from an undervalued band.
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    It's a solid, long overdue return of one of America's great rock'n'roll bands.
  8. Nov 29, 2012
    La Futura crumbles into more of the exact same-y after that, whether it's the repetition of "I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose, You" or the dinosaur thud of "Flyin' High," which counter to its title might actually be reptilian and/or subaquatic.
  9. The Wire
    Dec 5, 2012
    [Co-producer Rick Rubin] is a reductionist, an essentialist, which suits ZZ Top just fine. [Nov 2012, p.67]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 4, 2014
    Short of the track 'Chartreuse' I thought it was a pretty dull album. It was like listening to an extended jam session by the band done toShort of the track 'Chartreuse' I thought it was a pretty dull album. It was like listening to an extended jam session by the band done to work up some rough ideas into fully fledged songs. If you compare this album to Rio Grand Mud-the bands first effort back in 1972 you see a band that is on its last legs. Its normal to get older but I think too many people in music try and keep going past the point where they have any mojo left in them. Yes is another example-producing one mediocre album after another after what should have been their lat album in 1994 called Talk. ZZ Top doesn't seem to have spawned many imitators as far as I can tell despite them having one of the best rock guitar players in rock music. Full Review »