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  • Audio CD (28 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B00B1ME3DQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,905 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Personnel: Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion); Tim Sult (guitar); Dan Maines (bass guitar); Jean-Paul Gaster (drums, percussion).Recording information: The Machine Shop, Belleville, NJ.Editors: Alberto De Icaza; Randy LeBouef.Publisher: Jack Flanagan.While musical trends have come and gone over the course of the 23 years that Clutch have been roaming the earth, they've always thrived by just sitting back and doing their own thing, a trend they keep up on their tenth album, Earth Rocker. Though there's still a little of that good old Southern swing in the songs, the album is more of a straight-ahead rocker. With the exception of bluesy slow jammer "Gone Cold," the album feels like Clutch at their most efficient and economical, diverting the energy they might have used for extended jam sessions into watertight rippers like "Mr. Freedom" and "Cyborg Bette." While it's a little disappointing to see them moving away from the soulful experimentations of Robot Hive/Exodus, on their first album in four years it seems fitting that they would dive back in with a back-to-basics approach, giving them the ability to rock out as hard as possible without overthinking things too much. While operating inside their own little corner of the musical world, Clutch made a reputation for themselves based on solid songwriting, lyrical weirdness, and quality -- all of which are present on Earth Rocker, which is still unmistakably a Clutch album. Shielded from the fickle whims of the musical world, they're one of the few bands that can really only be compared to themselves, and it's something that both they, and their fans, wouldn't want any other way.

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By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2013
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Earth Rocker is the tenth full-length album from Clutch, the unique American rock band (who's style fits vaguely around the Stoner Rock end of the spectrum without fitting perfectly in). It was produced by Machine and released on Weathermaker Music in 2013.

If you haven't heard Clutch before, but like any sort of Hard Rock or Metal music you should consider checking them out. They are the sort of band that once you hear, you love forever, absolutely consistent in quality and inspiration both live and in the studio. If you even suspect you may like them, I highly recommend that you pursue that interest, you'll probably discover your new favourite band.

Sometimes the band seem like a no-surprises purist rock band, designed for a bar full of working men, but then sometimes they'll break out a metallic edge for a few riffs, sometimes they take a turn into funk, soul or blues territory. It all blends perfectly together, into some of the most memorable and attention grabbing music you're likely to hear. Two of the main adjectives you'll see associate with the band are `personality' and `character.'

Neil Fallon, the band's iconic frontman continues to impress the listener with his dramatic and charismatic vocals, which evoke both a zealous preacher-man and a down-to-earth work colleague at the same time, full of flair and personality, but without feeling like an inaccessible rock star.

The lyrics, always interesting on a Clutch record, are a mixture of moods and tones, from clever and poetic to dumb rock fun, funny, intriguing and insightful, often within a single verse. The album also has a surprisingly political tone in places, balanced of course with things like a song about dumping your Robot-girlfriend for a newer model.
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It's a great shame that this band aren't larger then what they are. While they have an adoring fanbase and great live shows that always find an audience, you wish more people would make a fuss. Even more so with Earth Rocker, which is after quite a few repeat listens for me one of their finest works, maybe even surpassing Blast Tyrant.

That might be because Earth Rocker is what it says on the cover. Its a straight up "Take no prisoners" rock album that grabs you by the first track, the eponymous Earth Rocker, and the last track The Wolfman Kindly Requests...Every track has its own personality and its own little nuance to keep you going onto the next one. There is no filler here. And I mean that.

I completely recommend Earth Rocker to anyone who likes their rock. I completely recommend it to anyone who listens passively to Clutch without getting too involved or the curious who want to know more. This is contender for Album of The Year.

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It's very rare I write a review, probably a good thing, but sometimes it's important. If you've just been slumped in front of the box watching some soppy git crooning some soppy cover song on x factor, stick this album on and restore your faith in good music.

Clutch are the band that Monster Magnet could have been; actually that's a bit unfair because the gentlemen from Maryland are pretty unique ( and much better) and deserve all the success they get, a proper touring band of great players armed with great riffs, darkness and humour who really mean what they do. Nothing soppy about this stuff, buy this cd (or vinyl!) and stand up for proper music.
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I pretty much love every Clutch album as they're more or less my favourite band so me giving them a 5 star is a bit of a given. However this is great stuff, probably their best since 2004's simply but effective 'Blast Tyrant'. Those underwhelmed by the predominantly slow tempo bluesy 'Strange Cousins of the West' or even the excellent 'Beale Street' can rejoice, Clutch are back doing what they do best. Upbeat, good time, occasionally heavy, almost hardcore riff based rock!! Every song is a rocker and a ripper apart from the melodic 'Gone Cold' which is a welcome break between the non stop riffs being served. The title track, 'Crucial Velocity', 'Cyborg Bette' typify a band that has come out of its mini, mellow midlife crisis and back to their chest beating, hardcore roots. If you like riff based rock, you're gonna love this.
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To state things simply, Earth Rocker, the latest album from the always experimental Clutch, is practically flawless. Throughout the eleven songs on offer here, the band have essentially taken everything they've done previously and distilled it, resulting in the harmonica led stomp-along of D.C. Sound Attack, the take no prisoners, head down, driving rock of Unto the Breach and the reflective, jazzy stylings of Gone Cold, as well as numerous other high points. To pick the best song off the album would be unfair on all the others, as none of them really put a step wrong. Clutch have threatened before to wander aimlessly into the realm of jam band on previous albums, which can be a bit of a chore to listen to at times, but there is no such problem here - these songs are all of a perfect length, at no point feeling like they drag at all. From a band with as many stoner/desert rock leanings as Clutch, that's high praise indeed.

Production on the album is as excellent as you would expect from Clutch, with vocalist Neil Fallon in particular sounding even better than he has before - chances are you're reading this after already having heard him in action, but if you're not, you're in for a real treat. The man has a mighty set of pipes indeed, veering between staccato musical poetry and rich, velvety tones as easily as the rest of us mere mortals blink, and he's truly never been better. As lyrically diverse (to put it mildly) as usual, topics covered on the album range from politics to robotic women, making Fallon come across as some kind of crazed, musically gifted street preacher (the beard helps too, of course). The opening song, Earth Rocker, immediately puts this image across, with Fallon declaring "I'm an earth rocker. Everybody here me now, bwoooohahahahaha.
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