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How do veteran Texas blues rockers do following their mega-hit "Eliminator" album? No pressure right? They followed up the same formula with slick videos and polished blues-based hard rock. Long time fans often lament these synth-drenched and drum machine entrenched pop-rock tunes. Yes, there is that stuff but it's still hard-driving blues Texas-style boogie at its core. Other veteran rockers adapted to the polished sound (see Canadien rockers Rush) of the decade. At the time these veteran rockers were riding the wave of notoriety after years of modest success who could blame them for enjoying their mega-stardom? I certainly don't. Though this had its share of decent hits like "Stages", Sleeping Bag" and "Rough Boys"(the obligatory power ballad that was popular in the 80's) they didn't have quite the same punch as the previous Eliminator album. It's still worth a listen if you're a fan of the group. On a personal note, I did see the group play in Germany for the tour supporting the album in 1986(I was in the Army stationed there at the time).
I am not sure what the first reviewer was listening too because this CD has cuts that have ZZ Topp's hard rocking, deep sounding guitar riffs. "Planet Of Women", "Delirious", and "Can't Stop Rockin" are just smoking tunes. As a ZZ Topp fan this CD satisfies me with what I have come to expect from this great band. Listening to these songs really gets your blood boiling as they are fast paced and laden with some premium guitar work.
A best seller from that little old band from Texas. I like it. Sounds very 80's. But is cool enough. Very good recording. You have to accept that they couldn't be more succesful after this album. Sure, sure a lot of synths and drum machines, but under that sounds there is still a rock and bluesy sound.
Given ample thought, I cannot recal any rock band that has failed to alter their musical direction at one time or another. As sad as it is, sometimes we are fortunate when driven guitar work varies from track to track and produces an enjoyable experience such as Afterburner. I'm not overily enthusiastic with Velcro Fly or a bit of techno wizardry here and there but every other track from the band incites enjoyment for me.