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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for the ZZ Top frontman was co-produced with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino.
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  1. Mojo
    Jun 4, 2021
    80
    Gibbons' gnarly guitars and sand-blasted voice are impeachable. [Jul 2021, p.80]
  2. 80
    While he’s not straying too far from the mothership, nothing here is phoned-in. As befits the craftsman he’s always been, he’s taken the time and trouble to fashion a bunch of songs worthy of standing alongside anything in his catalogue. Hats off.
  3. Jun 4, 2021
    80
    What makes Hardware cook are the very elements that always work for Gibbons: deceptively sharp songwriting that supports full-throttle rockers and soulful, slow(er) grooves. It's a formula that's yielded great results for Gibbons throughout the years, and they do once again here.
  4. 70
    There aren’t many surprises on Hardware, but with Gibbons now pushing into his mid-70s, should we expect any? He sells everything with his committed performance and sounds like he’s having a blast. At this late stage in his career, we shouldn’t ask for, or expect, more.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 4, 2021
    70
    On Hardware and elsewhere in his solo career, there remains little doubt about what he does best. [Jul 2021, p.32]
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