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5.0 out of 5 stars
Essential Clutch., 13 April 2007
Every song is masterfully arranged, subtly blending solidly imposing rock riffage with technical and inventive flair and Fallon's ambiguously entertaining lyrics. The album is considerably more blues-tinged than previous releases, after hints embedded in Blast Tyrant with the addition of an organ player to a single track, who is now a fully functional member of the band; a move which adds such variety and depth of colour to the band's already overwhelmingly confident modern heavy rock sound. The move away from more hardcore climes certainly elevates clutch as a band in terms of musicality, and essentially this album is a collection of songs the band *wants* to write and record; that they work incredibly well individually and collectively on this record is a clear indicator to me of a band at the peak of their game. I only hope that their new offering 'Beale Street to Oblivion' focuses the band's efforts on creating the ultimate modern rock cocktail.
No duff or dull songs on this album to mention, I have been solidly listening now since I bought it 6 months or so ago; the groove brings you back for more.