Clutch have managed to pen what I think are some of their catchiest riffs and grooves on this album while keeping their trademark weirdness. I can't wait to hear all this live.
Neil Fallon's vocals sound an octave or two lower, delivering, as usual, some of the best lyrical compositions around.The album production is definitely more polished from previous efforts, though whether that's a good thing is another matter.
As for the songs: Personal favourites are The Mob Goes Wild, Cypress Grove, The Regulator, Spleen Merchant, Ghost and La Curandera. I've heard Promoter live a year or two ago in a different guise, which I prefer to the new version ( I think it was called "The Beer, the Broads, the Broads, the Booze" back then )
Don't listen to anyone who tells you this is Stoner Rock. It's Rock, and Stoner fans may indeed like it, but at the end of the day,whatit is, is C-L-U-T-C-H.