Picks and Pans Review: Deguello

updated 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/14/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

ZZ Top

They had cut five LPs—two gold, three platinum—and just finished what was an unprecedented U.S. tour, grossing $11.5 million over 11 months, when, in September 1976, the Texas blues-rock group seemed to disappear. They had actually just succumbed to concert fatigue, and none of the members talked to or saw each other for three years. This LP proves they weren't, as one rumor had it, killed in a plane crash. Nor do they seem to have converted en masse to a Tibetan religion, though perhaps they should. At their best, guitarist-vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard resemble the Rolling Stones. Here there are flashes of that skill on I Thank You, the David Porter-Isaac Hayes tune Sam and Dave scored with in 1968, and Top's own Cheap Sunglasses. There's also a lot of pedestrian strumming by Gibbons, and too many hookless, punchless songs.

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