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Strange Cousins from the West

ClutchAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WEATHERMAKER MUSIC
  • ASIN: B00292SQQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first new Clutch studio release in over two years. Strange Cousin's From The West is the band's 9th studio effort, and second with producer J. Robbins. It's the first original studio release on the band's self-owned label, Weathermaker Music

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next logical step for Clutch July 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Clutch of today is not the same as the band who released "Passive Restraints" or "Transnational Speedway Anthems" back in the day. Their fans have grown up, and so have they. After making one of the best straight-up rock albums in a long time with "Blast Tyrant", Clutch began to experiment more with blues and an almost "classic rock" style of music on "Robot Hive/Exodus" and then ventured even farther into that territory with their last LP, "From Beale Street To Oblivion".

This new album, "Strange Cousins From The West" definitely seems like the next logical step in that direction. The new album is "rock", but probably not in the way that top-40 radio has classified "rock" these days, but rock in the way that I think it used to mean. The band is obviously making the kind of music they enjoy playing and hoping that their fans will follow them along for the ride. Judging from the reaction some of the new stuff got when I saw them in concert a few months ago, I'd say that the fans approve.

For me, the sweet spot of this album begins at song four, "Abraham Lincoln" and continues through "Minotaur" and "The Amazing Kreskin" There aren't any throw-aways on this album, and even stuff that I found myself kind of resistant to at first, like "Witchdoctor" wound up winning me over in the end. The main riff for "Abraham Lincoln" has been stuck in my head for days too...

Obviously, I'm a Clutch fan, but if you enjoy this, be sure to check out their instrumental stuff, released as The Bakerton Group, because it's some good stuff too. If the only song you know from Clutch is "A Shogun Named Marcus", then you have a lot of catching up to do, because the band has only gotten better and evolved their sound into something much more unique over the last 19 or so years. If you get a chance to check them out live (they tour heavily) I would also say DO SO.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Stop Progress July 14, 2009
By Bill R.
Format:Audio CD
It's remarkable that a band can be this good while still getting better on their ninth studio album.

Strange Cousins from the West continues on the organic progression Clutch has been making on each album since their inception. It takes what was good about From Beale Street to Oblivion and makes it better, which Beale Street did with Robot Hive/Exodus, and so on.

Awesome album and congratulations to the band on self-releasing it. I'm glad to know my money's going straight to the people who deserve it for once.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my personal Favorite...but a solid effort. July 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Clutch fan since the first album way back in the early 90's. When a band has been around this long and has proven the test of time it is only natural you have GREAT efforts and then solid...yet subpar efforts. SCFTW is a step down from the last 3 albums...HOWEVER, that in no way says this is a bad album, it is not, in fact it is a very solid effort. Personally I have always preferred the faster tempo of albums such as Blast Tyrant and Robot Hive/Exodus. SCFTW is a slower album than anything Clutch has done in quite a few years. Some of it takes me back to Elephant Riders but then you get hints of Beale St as well. The one thing that is really missing is the far out lyrics....Fallon is one of very few song writers that can just about produce an acid flashback in my mind with his words. This aspect is missing on this album, there are a few instances of oddball lyrics..but very few and far between, for sure nowhere near the level of past efforts.

All in all, this is a solid around effort and any Clutch fan should be glad to have it in their collection. The packaging is AWESOME! It will stay in my player for awhile no doubt....but not as long as the last few albums have, for me this is another Pure Rock Fury....a solid effort but not my favorite of their releases. It will be pulled out occasionally, but not nearly as much as other albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Clutch July 27, 2009
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After listening to this album, I can only say that Clutch is one of those rare bands that never lets you down! Every time this band releases an album, they manage to evolve in an always interesting way while keeping what made them so great in the first place. Strange Cousins from the West has a really nice funk/blues sound that fits very well with the usual hard rock elements. I'd say that the first half of the album is better than the second, with 50 000 unstoppable Watts being my favourite song off this stellar album. Also, the packaging for this album is very cool, which is why I would recommand buying the album over a digital version. All in all, SCFTW is a really good Clutch album that every fan (or non-fan) should posess.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wookie's Wicked Clutch July 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Yet another quality effort from Clutch, my favorite band. I have been eagerly anticipating this one for months now, ever since hearing they were in the studio back in the Spring. And, true to form, the guys release an album that I will be listening to non-stop for the next few months.

It is, as another reviewer said, a logical progression for Clutch. It is an album that has been building ever since "Regulator" and "Ghost" off of Blast Tyrant. One that is more bluesy, less hardcore and more restrained. While still as rocking as ever, this recent effort reminds me of a Corvette in the city, it occasionally revs it up but never really lets loose. What I mean by that is there are no songs like "Burning Beard" ("Swan diving off the tongues of crippled giants!") or "Opossum Minister" ("Prathertown unincorporated, may you stay far unrelated!") where Neil and the guys just open things up and let it rip.

That is not really a criticism, just an observation, having a Vette is sweet wherever you drive it right?

The only thing to me that was slightly disappointing was that this was the first album since Jam Room that I did not feel was better or as good as the last. While I still like this album a lot, I do not think it is on par with Blast Tyrant, Robot Hive or Beale Street. To be fair though, dropping those three albums in a row is hard to top.

There is a lot to love on this album. Tracks like "Struck Down" "Abraham Lincoln" and "Minotaur" are just awesome. I really do not think there is a bad song on the album, though I do wish they had included an instrumental to round it out to an even 12 tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Clutch album
Another great Clutch album. Can these guys make a bad one? If your a Clutch fan this is a must own. If you're not a fan this is as good a place to start as any. Buy it already.
Published 15 days ago by Matthew Grundon
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great album! Gets better the more you listen to it
Ok, so at this point, I am very familiar with almost all of clutch's work (I have all the studio albums except for transnational and the ep's) so I can honestly say this is one of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars CLUTCH!!
Another awesome effort by Clutch. While the whole Cd is excellent, some of the stand out tracks are Let A Poor Man Be, Abraham Lincoln, and The Amazing Kreskin. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fuego-73
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty freakin' great!
The only reason this doesn't get five stars is really because the packaging, while really cool and artistic, is a bit unstable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars this band kicks ass
Love these guys they are so talented and all there music just blows me away I am in love with neil fallon. I could watch him sleep and never get bored. Yummy!
Published 9 months ago by bree meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Clutch
If you like Clutch, buy this album. Good quality, good sound, and a pretty cool CD jacket. Definitely a good buy.
Published 12 months ago by Jeremy Sepinsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Go west....or east to Maryland
This is really a great offering from the band.Their new Earth rocker is a home run,but this album holds up a bit better than,i feel,Robot;Hive exodus. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brent N. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Always solid, alway Clutch!
Just one of many solid recordings by a band that always comes up CLUTCH with great riffs, lyrics and raw energy.
Published 14 months ago by Peter Haring
5.0 out of 5 stars CLUTCH!!!
Wow, these guys never cease to amaze me. Each album is different but
the quality is always the same, every song is awesome.
Published 16 months ago by E. H. Welsman
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, GOOD, GOOD.
Neil Fallon has become one of my favorite vocalist. This is original hard rock blues and I love it. The Company Band kicks butt to.
Published 17 months ago by Dave G
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I miss Mick on the Organ. I thought he really helped round out their sound. The really funny thing is that when he joined the band I was really afraid that they were messing up by adding him to the band, and now I want him back. I guess you just can't please some people.
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