"Unpredictable times call for the reliable friend."
So this isn’t a TVZ post. I feel at liberty to stray from the great man’s back catalog to highlight some good new music. After all, the amount of Townes stuff out there is finite. Furthermore, listening to “Tecumseh Valley” on repeat gets pretty depressing after a while.
Clutch has been rocking out since 1990 now and has amassed a pretty epic back catalog. They’re certainly not an album-a-year band, though. In my opinion, 2009’s Strange Cousins from the West was a bit disappointing, leaving 2007’s From Beale St. To Oblivion as their last standout release. I’m happy to say that Earth Rocker, released last week, keeps company with the band’s best albums.
Except perhaps in lyrical content, no one should have cause to accuse frontman Neil Fallon of subtlety. Earth Rocker is in-your-face rock, with the excellent slow number “Gone Cold” providing the only respite from the electric attack.
1) Earth Rocker: 6/10 It rocks, but is a bit…weird. To be expected of Clutch, but kind of a guilty pleasure in my opinion.
2) Crucial Velocity: 9/10 This song really gets the album going, definitely the best on “Side 1.”
3) Mr. Freedom: 5/10 Doesn’t do much for me, standard fare
4) D.C. Sound Attack: 7/10 A bit better, still forgettable
5) Unto The Breach: 8/10 Neat track with some cool obscure vocal references
6) Gone Cold: 9/10 Awesome slow song, needs a music video to accompany it
7) The Face: 5/10 Back to mediocrity
8) Book, Saddle, and Go: 7/10 Cool song, even if I don’t understand what it’s about
9) Cyborg Bette: 8/10 Why you gotta run so hot, Neil?
10) Oh, Isabella: 9/10 Presumably about the Queen of Spain during Columbus’ time. And it rocks, of course
11) The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…: 9/10 I don’t know what he’s requesting, but I feel compelled to oblige him.