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More bearded fatman rockin'
on 28 June 2005
This one doesn't hit you as immediately as Blast Tyrant. The songwriting isn't as tight because they didn't spend as long on it. Some of those BT songs were around for years with different names, so by the time they were released they were perfect.
This one's a lot more laid-back and sounds more like regular stoner rock, the way Slow Hole To China did. There's some awesome songs though, like 10001110101 and Gullah, and the new keyboardist puts churchy organs into the slow songs and Meters-style solos into the instrumentals.
They really should have kept Machine at the production controls. Blast Tyrant was punchy and gave Neil's voice the richness it deserves. Here the instrumental passages slip into the background and his voice sounds a bit thin. As ever, Neil's lyrics make you sit up and think "did he really say that?".
It took a while for BT to grow on me, so maybe i'll warm up to this one later on. But for now it's another solid Clutch album, but not in the league of BT or Elephant Riders.