La Futura

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La Futura
Zz top la futura album.jpg
Studio album by ZZ Top
Released September 10, 2012 (2012-09-10)[1]
Recorded Foam Box Recordings, Houston, Texas
Genre Texas blues, blues rock, hard rock
Length 39:28
Label American Recordings/Universal Republic
Producer Rick Rubin and Billy Gibbons
ZZ Top chronology
Double Down Live
(2009)Double Down Live2009
La Futura
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

La Futura is the fifteenth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top, and its first in nine years, following Mescalero. La Futura was recorded at The Foambox Recordings in Houston, Texas. The album title and album art were released on ZZ Top's homepage on 3 August at 11:45 a.m. The album was released on 11 September 2012 and contains 10 tracks.[5] "We thought long and hard about what this album should be," Gibbons said in a press release. "We wanted to recall the directness of our early stuff but not turn our backs on contemporary technology. The result of this melting of the past and the present is, of course, La Futura."[5]

Four of the new tracks--"I Gotsta Get Paid", "Chartreuse", "Consumption" and "Over You"--were first released on 5 June 2012 as an iTunes-only collection titled Texicali, which met with strong sales and glowing reviews. Music Radar summed up the tunes as "fresh, vital roadhouse blues."[6] Another track, "Flyin' High", appropriately made its world premiere in space, when the then-unfinished song was played on board a Soyuz spacecraft during its launch to the International Space Station in June 2011 at the request of the NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, a long-time ZZ Top fan and friend.[7] Two bonus tracks, entitled "Threshold of a Breakdown" and "Drive-By Lover" were released on CDs sold exclusively at Best Buy stores.


Following its release, the album received mostly positive reviews. William Clark of Guitar International wrote, "La Futura is an impressive return to form for this infamous southern rock trio, and includes some of the best music ZZ Top has ever pushed out."[8] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic also praised the album, calling it their best album since Eliminator in 1983, while writing that "ZZ Top are celebrating everything that they've taken for granted for decades - they're embracing the sleazy boogie, the dirty jokes, the locomotive riffs, the saturated blues, the persistent lecherous leer, and by doing so they finally sound like themselves again."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Gotsta Get Paid" (cover of "25 Lighters" by DJ DMD[9]) Dorie Dorsey, Billy Gibbons, Kyle West, Albert Brown III, Joe Hardy, G.L. Moon 4:03
2. "Chartreuse" Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, Moon 2:57
3. "Consumption" Gibbons 3:47
4. "Over You" Gibbons, Tom Hambridge 4:29
5. "Heartache in Blue" Gibbons, Trey Bruce 4:09
6. "I Don't Wanna Lose, Lose, You" Gibbons, Hambridge 4:20
7. "Flyin' High" Gibbons, Austin Hanks, D. Sardy 4:17
8. "It's Too Easy Mañana" David Rawlings, Gillian Welch; additional lyrics by Gibbons 4:47
9. "Big Shiny Nine" Gibbons, Hardy, Moon 3:11
10. "Have a Little Mercy" Gibbons 3:18
Total length: 39:28


About the tracks[edit]

"Chartreuse" is a song about the famous French liqueur Chartreuse the band discovered (and loved) in their dressing room in 2011 during the Musilac Music Festival in Aix-les-Bains, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.[10]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Billboard 200[11] 6
UK Albums Chart 29
Russian Albums Chart[12] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[13] 83

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Russian Albums Chart[12] 7


  1. ^ "La Futura". Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "La Futura - ZZ Top". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Hann, Michael (6 September 2012). "ZZ Top: La Futura - review". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Hunter, James. "La Futura". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "LA FUTURA ARRIVES THIS SEPTEMBER FROM ZZ TOP". Official ZZ Top Website. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Whitaker, Sterling. "ZZ Top Reveal Street Date, Cover Art and Full Tracklist for New Album 'La Futura'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "ZZ Top Premiere New Song ‘Flyin’ High’ on Russian Spacecraft". Ultimate Classic Rock. 9 June 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "ZZ Top Rocks On La Futura". Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Houston Rap Connects on ZZ Top's "I Gotsta Get Paid"". Mass Appeal. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  10. ^ E., St. (15 May 2014), La chartreuse, de Tarantino à ZZ Top, en passant par Springsteen..., Le Dauphiné libéré, retrieved 18 December 2016 
  11. ^ Cub Koda. "ZZ Top | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Культура: Триумф нестыдной попсы (in Russian). Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  13. ^ " – ZZ Top – La Futura". Hung Medien.