11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clutch are one of very few bands that just might have the power to entice an arena of thousands of fans to bang heads simultaneously—the exact same motion, in sync, hair flying, eyes closed in bliss. An unjustly underrated outfit, the quartet from Maryland have mastered the art of carving a groove and filling it with bruising funk, sweltering guitars, and spittle-drenched harp; they occupy their own self-made stoner-funk-metal-blues genre. In truth, there’s also whomping Southern rock and gut-grabbing arena rock at play, but every single shred of it feels original, infectious, and worthy of both fists pumping. Their best work in 20 years, Earth Rocker runs like a finely tuned muscle car, let loose on a desert highway with no goal other than showing what it’s made of—and there will be roadkill. “Earth Rocker” opens the album with a brutal riff and dumb lyrics (“I will suffer no evil/My guitar will get me through!”), feeling a bit like Black Flag born on the bayou. Exactly midway through, the scruffy soul of “Gone Cold” glistens like a gem. The closing track, “The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…,” is a moonlit, white-hot bit of blues. A standout rock ’n’ roll record of 2013.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Clutch are one of very few bands that just might have the power to entice an arena of thousands of fans to bang heads simultaneously—the exact same motion, in sync, hair flying, eyes closed in bliss. An unjustly underrated outfit, the quartet from Maryland have mastered the art of carving a groove and filling it with bruising funk, sweltering guitars, and spittle-drenched harp; they occupy their own self-made stoner-funk-metal-blues genre. In truth, there’s also whomping Southern rock and gut-grabbing arena rock at play, but every single shred of it feels original, infectious, and worthy of both fists pumping. Their best work in 20 years, Earth Rocker runs like a finely tuned muscle car, let loose on a desert highway with no goal other than showing what it’s made of—and there will be roadkill. “Earth Rocker” opens the album with a brutal riff and dumb lyrics (“I will suffer no evil/My guitar will get me through!”), feeling a bit like Black Flag born on the bayou. Exactly midway through, the scruffy soul of “Gone Cold” glistens like a gem. The closing track, “The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…,” is a moonlit, white-hot bit of blues. A standout rock ’n’ roll record of 2013.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
451 Ratings

451 Ratings

CPE4LIFE ,

The beard is strong with this one

I consider myself a connoisseur of the finer things in life. I enjoy baseball games in the summertime sun. I like extra hot hot wings with an ice cold beer, preferably served to me by a large chested waitress. I enjoy the manly scent of freshly cut wood and single barrel whiskey. I purchase new socks regularly because I like how the white color pops on my feet. Know what else I like? This album. Much like a porn star's STD history, this album has it all. Rip roaring riffs that will make you want to stick your willy in moist places. Bass grooves that cut so deep that you swear you need stitches. Fallon's vocals are so authoritative and preachy that you will feel his beard through sound. Then there are those drums. Oh my, those drums, son! The drums hit harder than a Mike Tyson uppercut in the 80s. Buy it. Enjoy it. Cherish it. After 20+ years of touring and making records, Clutch manages to sound fresh.

n8r0 ,

Clutch have provided the soundtrack to my life for 20 years

I have been listening to Clutch since Transnational Speedway League and I still have the same giddy anticipation before the release of an album. The first single, "Earth Rocker", has been in frequent rotation on XM and it is a hell of a teaser for the new LP.

Admittedly, many of their albums take several listens before they draw me in fully (all of the truly great, if-I-were-stuck-on-an-island albums do, don't they?). Probably because I initially compare them to their self-titled album or Blast Tyrant. I don't know. But every album has become a classic or nearly so in their own right. This one will too.

I have read so many articles and interviews where the journalist has either stated that Clutch is their favorite hard rock band or that they should be way bigger than they are. I can say both of those things without hesitation. Yes, they should be filling arenas, but as May 7th approaches where they will be playing at Amos' here in Charlotte, NC, I selfishly am glad that they aren't.

ctt76 ,

don't even preview it - just click "buy album"

I own every Clutch album. They are musicians. Period. The autotuned digital bullcrap that pollutes the music world these days is horrible. Clutch is/are tight and real and they KEEP it real and those who truly appreciate it get it. Rock and roll. The show sounds like the album. Nothing more to say. Clutch is Clutch. Buy it.

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