Average Rating: 3.92
Rating Variance: 0.20
Objectivity Score: 56% (Somewhat Balanced)
Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicClutch The Elephant RidersThis is a classic, no doubt. Following on from the more hardcore/rawer sound of the first two albums this is the sound of a band finding their true sound. The opening four songs are probably the best I have heard on an album.
The title track that kicks off the album is a slow brooding blusey number with a great, almost chanting chorus, this is followed by Ship of Gold which keeps up the bluesy feel but with a harder edge.
Eight time over miss october changes the mood, harking back to the first two albums with a much harsher feel, but does not suffer for this, in fact it is a nice surprise and shows that although the overall sound may have changed the influences are still there.
Soapmakers comes next, and as my favourite clutch song, is an absolute stormer..
Elsewhere on the album Green Buckets keeps up the reputation for silly lyrics dealing with the issue of recycling, Muchas Veces is a tender moment with Neil Fallon showin a higher range to his vocal than seen before. Wishbone is another track which harks back to the first two albums, whilst the Dragonfly is almost prog.I kid you not.
Overall this album shows a true growth from the first two albums, but not in a way that will alienate any fans. Yes there is no Binge and Purge on here and it maybe lacks the urgency of the first two albums but if you have never heard any Clutch before you could do a lot worse than to start with this album,4.5 superbClutch Transnational Speedway League4.0 excellentClutch Robot Hive/ExodusA good follow up to Blast Tyrant. There are a lot of strong songs on here and I did find a number of them are real growers. The production is a little less slick than Blast Tyrant but this isn't a bad thing and seems to suit the bands sound more. Fallon's lyrics are genius as usualClutch ClutchThe first Clutch album I ever heard and as a result one of my favourites. A good combination of their hardcore roots and the spacey feel of to much weed, a good introduction to a great band for the unawareClutch Pitchfork and Lost NeedlesClutch Jam RoomNot the strongest set of songs but the album has a great loose feel to it and I love this more live sound, I think it really suits themClutch ImpetusClutch From Beale Street to OblivionAnother great release, but as an old clutch fan a bit to polished, I wish they would go back to the rawer sound of say Elephant RidersIn Flames Come ClarityI know they get the selling out thing thrown at them but I have to be honest I do prefer the later stuff, not sure about Dead End though, bit messy!!Maylene and the Sons of Disaster II3.5 greatClutch PitchforkClutch Blast TyrantClutch Live At The Googolplex3.0 goodClutch Pure Rock FuryThis is my least favourite but it's not down to the songs but the production which is awful. I know they have talked of remixing this album which I think they should as I think then it would be one of my favourites
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