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For new fans of Clutch, this is an instant classic
on 5 October 2009
The way to experience Clutch, as you will read constantly, is live (I will duly find out for myself 2nd November). I got into this band early this year and have been on a Clutch collection drive ever since. For those who have heard little of their back catalogue the band can be a little misleading. If you go off recent releases such as the blusey 'From Beale Street To Oblivion' you may find the early albums a bit difficult to access. This is due to the punishing nature of the songwriting (loud, aggressive). However, Clutch albums are typically slow burners and repeated listens are well rewarded. The self titled second album is a classic and most fans are divided between 'Robot Hive/Exodus' and 'Blast Tyrant' as the pinnacle (thus far) of the band's career. However, listened to in isolation, 'Stange Cousins' is an instant classic. I LOVE this album and it stands up against anything in my collection. If you like classic rock, classic riffage, brilliant musicianship (drummer John Paul Gaster and guitarist Tim Sult are incredible) then you will love this. The songwriting is never obvious with Clutch, Neil Fallon's lyrics are intelligent and quirky and you sometimes feel that he is amusing himself and challenging you to notice. This is especially refreshing in this current X-Factor/Pop Idol covers of 'baby, baby' type pop era. Also, who could ignore that huge, voice? Clutch should be legends but for those like me who can still get tickets, still buy the albums and are enjoying the unique, no frills, honest and down to earth approach that Clutch employ, we probably prefer it this way. 'Shot Down' (track 2) has been in my head ever since I first heard it. The Sabbath-esque riff for 'Abraham Lincoln' has to be in the running for riff of the year. Meanwhile - the single '50,000 Unstoppable Watts' might just one day be the best epitath for this Maryland outfit. Clutch have been preaching to the converted for years now (because take it from me, once exposed, you are quickly converted)and all of us hope that their epitath is down a long and distant dusty road into the future. Brilliant album. I doubt I will hear a better new release this year. Buy the CD because the packaging is the most imaginitive I have ever seen and the lyric sheet is especially helpful!!