Rhythmeen

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Rhythmeen
Studio album by ZZ Top
Released September 17, 1996
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 53:55
Label RCA
Producer Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
ZZ Top chronology
One Foot in the Blues
(1994)
Rhythmeen
(1996)
XXX
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]

Rhythmeen is the twelfth studio album by the American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1996.

Reception[edit]

Allmusic gave it a mixed review, stating: "ZZ Top's long-awaited return to blues finally arrived in 1996, well over a decade after they abandoned their simple three-chord boogie for a synth and drum machine-driven three-chord boogie."

The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and at number 32 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rhythmeen"   Billy Gibbons 3:53
2. "Bang Bang"   Gibbons 4:28
3. "Black Fly"   Gibbons 3:31
4. "What's Up with That"   Gibbons, Joe Hardy, Luther Ingram, Mack Rice[3] 5:19
5. "Vincent Price Blues"   Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard 6:04
6. "Zipper Job"   Gibbons, Hill, Beard 4:14
7. "Hairdresser"   Gibbons, Hardy 3:48
8. "She's Just Killing Me"   Gibbons, Hill, Beard 4:55
9. "My Mind Is Gone"   Gibbons, Hardy, Gary Moon, Wonder 4:06
10. "Loaded"   Gibbons, Hardy 3:47
11. "Prettyhead"   Gibbons, Hill, Beard 4:37
12. "Hummbucking, Pt. 2"   Gibbons, Hill, Beard 5:13
Total length:
53:55
Bonus track [Japan]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Isn't Love Amazing"   Gibbons 5:15
Total length:
59:10

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  • Engineer – Joe Hardy
  • Assistant engineers – Lizzie Harrah, Gary Moon
  • Mixing – Joe Hardy
  • Mastering – Bob Ludwig
  • Director – Douglas Biro
  • Art direction – Sean Mosher-Smith
  • Design – Billy Gibbons, Sean Mosher-Smith
  • Photography – James Bland
  • Studio - John Moran's House of Funk aka Digital Services Recording

Recording[edit]

“We originally had a working title of ‘Nearing The Completion Stage'. But, it was the backbeat, that mean groove, which hit us as a strong recurring element of the album. So, we did our customary play on words, shuffling words about until we came up with our own invention – a feel-good elixir named Rhythmeen.”[4]

Gibbons uses an early 1950s Les Paul Goldtop guitar and is featured prominently throughout the album.[5]

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 29[citation needed]

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Bang Bang" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22[citation needed]
1996 "She's Just Killing Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12[citation needed]
1996 "What's Up with That" Mainstream Rock Tracks 5[citation needed]
1997 "Rhythmeen" Mainstream Rock Tracks 35[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (September 17, 1996). "Rhythmeen - ZZ Top : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ZZ Top: Rhythmeen". RollingStone.com. February 2, 1996. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ZZ Top - Rhythmeen (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vogel, Michael (27 September 1996) "ZZ Top - Rhythmeen". The Album Network
  5. ^ Billy Gibbons Rock&Roll Gearhead book