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2018 release, the 12th album from the Maryland rockers. The album was recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN by producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and consists of 15 new tracks. "With Vance Powell as producer we were able to make a very different kind of an album. The songs feel as if they could jump out of the speakers!" says drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. Bassist Dan Maines seconds that when he says "Recording in Nashville with Vance Powell gave us a new and fresh approach towards making an album that truly captures the live energy of Clutch in a way I don't think we've done before." Guitarist Tim Sult adds "Laying down guitar tracks with Vance was fun and inspiring. Going through and trying out his and his engineer, Mike Fahey's collection of vintage amps was one of my favorite recording studio experiences. I think the outro solo of "Emily Dickinson" turned out particularly great."
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.07 x 5.61 x 0.4 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : WEATHERMAKER MUSIC
- Original Release Date : 2018
- Date First Available : May 17, 2018
- Label : WEATHERMAKER MUSIC
- ASIN : B07D3CQNTT
- Country of Origin : Germany
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,804 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
- #2,715 in Hard Rock (CDs & Vinyl)
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Of the United States
First Tuesday in November
Mark it down and save the date
Live music in the White House
The public want to get down
It is our collective destiny
I'm gonna kiss all the babies
Maybe kiss their Mamas too
I don't need the secret service
I know how to work a room
I'm gonna be President
Of the United States
I was born to be the President
Of these United States
On the day I was born
All the nurses and doctors
"Take that boy out his crib
And put him in the Executive Office!"
First thing that I'm gonna do
Is disclose all those U.F.O.s
Put Jimi Hendrix on the 20 dollar bill
And Bill Hicks on a 5 note
I'm not a fan of the packaging though. I guess I didn't realize when I preordered that this wasn't going to be a cd case or sleeve, but instead is a fairly large art book. As is I could not keep the cd in my car, thankfully I have a spare cd case to keep it in.
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If i can use the Porsche 911 analogy, when you see the development of the 911 every year there are small even imperceptible changes which result in many claiming it has not changed at all. Yet, when you compare the original 911 to the modern day version, they are very different indeed. It is an evolution that we don't even have to go back as far as 'Transnational Speedway League' to see. Listen to 'Pure Rock Fury' before listening the 'Book of Bad Decisions' and you'll see it. Its not chalk and cheese but it is an organic evolution without compromise. An honest development of their sound and a very welcome one at that. Superb, energetic, exciting, reassuring, surprising; all in all, impressive.
Apart from the slightly plodding 'Strange Cousins from the West,' and the maybe too laid back and slightly niche' 'Jam Room,' I can pretty much recommend every Clutch album to old and new fans alike. That being said, this album is really difficult to pigeonhole even in comparison to previous and even recent Clutch albums.
For me, this album takes the experimental nature of 'Robot Hive / Exodus,' a little bit of the punk / hardcore edge off 'Blast Tyrant' and drastically improves the overt-blues influence of 'Strange Cousins From The West,' ...doing it much better than that latter album in the process!
The keyboards are definitely back here after taking a break from the last two releases, but are still used sparingly and tastefully and never overwhelm or outlive their welcome.
The highlight for me has to be the funky 'Sonic Counselor,' a catchy number which echoes RHCP, mixed with Clutch's humbucker girth and heavier thump, new and old at the same time. Opener ‘Gimme The Keys’ hits the throttle hard (pun intended drivers!) after its fuzzy, abstract intro and does set the tone well, whilst ‘How To Shake Hands’ grabs all modern bands and gives them a lesson on how to write a political song without being too obvious and biased. The lyrics are open without really condoning or condemning either side of today’s complicated political landscape and encourages the listener to make their own mind and meaning – this is how it’s done.
‘In Walks Barbarella’ is a bit of a departure for the band. The guitars actually seem to take a step back to an almost Motown-inspired, jazzy, funky band section – I’m not entirely sure how to describe it but it’s unique for Clutch! Feel free to correct me! And the double hit of, what I would call ‘Clutch Standards’ of ‘Ghoul Wrangler’ and ‘HB Is In Control’ is also very difficult to top. Great riffs, catchy hooks, melodies and just good ol’ fun rock’n’roll.
On the down side, this album does feel slightly disjointed and even directionless especially when compared to the ‘is it or is it not a concept album?’ undercurrent of ‘Psychic Warfare.’ One song is so different to the next that it could feel like a haphazardly thrown together Clutch ‘Greatest Hits’ collection. It has the same amount of songs as ‘Blast Tyrant’ but doesn’t have its seamless, track to track flow, which is a bit jarring. That being said, as has been pointed out by other reviews in the media, what better metaphor to reflect how people of all ages feel in today’s world? It’s a matter of perspective and it in no way devalues the album, its songs’ or crucially, my enjoyment of this fine album.
Whilst not quite hitting the peaks of their self-titled album, the stoner prog majesty of 'The Elephant Riders,' the hardcore/metal energy of 'Blast Tyrant,' nor even the equally excellent last two albums of 'Earthrocker' and 'Psychic Warfare,' 'The Book of Bad Decisions' is yet another essential Clutch purchase for any of their fans. Yet more proof that this band of Maryland rockers can’t put a foot wrong.