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2013 release, the 10th studio album from the Maryland-based Hard Rockers. Earth Rocker has already received towering accolades from those that have heard snippets of the album. Some taste makers immediately notice that Clutch have gone heavier and faster than ever before. Others liken their new songs to the beating heart of 21st century rock'n'roll.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.55 x 4.86 x 0.27 inches; 1.92 Ounces
- Manufacturer : WEATHERMAKER MUSIC
- Item model number : 26341225
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Run time : 44 minutes
- Date First Available : January 26, 2013
- Label : WEATHERMAKER MUSIC
- ASIN : B00B1ME3DQ
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #116,385 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Tim Sult should be a household name in guitar world. He deftly recalls the classic sounds, drenches his solos often with the wah pedal and delivers riffs that rival anybody from past to present. Dan Maines on bass and Jean Paul Gaster are one of the heaviest rhythm sections out there.
What makes "Earth Rocker" so good is a return to their heavier days, particularly around "Blast Tyrant" and "Pure Rock Fury". Their most recent album, "Strange Cousins from the West" was a drier, sedate affair that lacked the power of previous albums, and apparently the band saw to fix it. "Earth Rocker" starts off swinging hard, and you know your world is going to get rocked. In fact the CD never lets up except for one slow piece, the very swampy and bluesy "Gone Cold", one of the best slower numbers in Clutch's history. Every track is a gem and the whole thing is over in 44 minutes, a short album by Clutch standards, but it leaves you wanting more. A lot more. That's what great rock and roll is all about. Do not pass this CD up. It ranks already with my other two favorite Clutch albums, "The Elephant Riders" and "Robot Hive/Exodus". That's pretty good company for a band that has yet to put out a bad or even average album.
This album rocks beginning, middle, and end. And I mean middle. Though "Gone Cold" is a slower, atmostpheric blues-inspired piece, it has the same authenticity and grit as Regulator and Ghost on Blast Tyrant. There's musical, if not metric, tonnage of riffology here, just as Fallon is in top form as a sort of schizophrenic prophet of pop culture and apocalypse.
The record never stops moving. It is relentless, and what's better than that for any fan of any brand of rock n' roll.
So, while part of me wishes they'd make a new foray into the courageous countryside of Elephant Riders or the raw and open land of Transnational, I love when Clutch is being Clutch. Here it is right here, folks. With the exception of those couple of blues cliches (Book, Saddle, and Go being a prime one), this album will keep you guessing as much as it will keep you rocking.
It's anthemic, aggressive, sure of itself, and unrelenting.
The best part? If you're a new Clutch fan this might actually be the best spot to start! It's not their absolute best album (but it's certainly in my Top 3), so you'll still be totally pumped when you go further back in their catalog.
Bottom line: If you like hard, full bore, guitar driven rock 'n roll you're going to love this record.
If you have liked ANY clutch - Beale Street, Blast Tyrant -- you must get this one. It is what they promised; straightforward and ballsy hard rock. The title track alone is an instant classic.
The consistently good rock this band puts out is what drives me to buy a Clutch sticker for my vehicle. One has to spread the good word, or at least let your support be known. I hope one day very soon to witness Clutch live in concert. Missed them last year at H.O.B, but I won't make that mistake again.
Thanks Clutch, seeya soon!!
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They have their own inimitable style which makes their albums so memorable, giving listeners genuinely amusing moments alongside the bruising riffs and unforgettable hooks. So, it this as good as their previous efforts? My first impressions were that this was not as strong as Beale Street or Strange Cousins, but I persisted before making this review, and the album has grown on me a lot. The more 'stereotypical' rock approach became more tongue in cheek as I read through the lyrics, and I have to say, this is probably as consistent if not more consistent than the previous two albums. I loved the bluesy style of the previous two LPs, hence why I found the more direct approach offered here initially not as appealing, but I am convinced that this is a great album. As previous reviewers have stated, there's no messing about, the album is about 45 minutes and it is all high quality. Whilst I love their longer albums, such as Blast Tyrant, there is no doubt that with Earth Rocker they have condensed their musical ideas into 11 very strong tracks.
The title track was not an immediate favourite, but I like it a lot now, and Crucial Velocity has me ramping up the speed in my car! (great to listen to, but perhaps not beneficial to my driving). Other favourites at the moment are the ballad 'Gone Cold', the awesome 'The Face', and I'm really digging the break down in 'D.C. Sound Attack!' But it is hard to pick favourites actually, as every song is quality, and will have you tapping your toes and singing along. If you like Clutch then you've got to get this (you probably already have it) but if you are a rock fan at all then you have to get into this band. I'd recommend this to all fans of hard rock. I'm absolutely gutted that I recently missed them live in London, so I need to make sure I catch them when they're next in the UK! Overall: 4.5 star (rounded up cause I love them so damn much).
Production on the album is as excellent as you would expect from Clutch, with vocalist Neil Fallon in particular sounding even better than he has before - chances are you're reading this after already having heard him in action, but if you're not, you're in for a real treat. The man has a mighty set of pipes indeed, veering between staccato musical poetry and rich, velvety tones as easily as the rest of us mere mortals blink, and he's truly never been better. As lyrically diverse (to put it mildly) as usual, topics covered on the album range from politics to robotic women, making Fallon come across as some kind of crazed, musically gifted street preacher (the beard helps too, of course). The opening song, Earth Rocker, immediately puts this image across, with Fallon declaring "I'm an earth rocker. Everybody here me now, bwoooohahahahaha." Trust me, that "bwooo..." sound is a lot more crazed sounding on album, words can't really do it justice.
In terms of consistency, nothing else in the Clutch back catalogue really comes close to touching Earth Rocker. I know Clutch are the sort of band that inspire utterly fanatical devotion, so it becomes hard to detach oneself from that to objectively review an album. You find yourself wondering how much of a witch doctor kind of spell might have been cast on you by Fallon and crew, and whether it's impacting on your impartiality. But after one listen, you know you're onto a winner. Easily my own, personal album of the year, it would go on to win album of the year from Metal Hammer magazine (the latter perhaps being more appreciated by the band). A big, stomping, rocking, bluesy melting pot of sound puts Clutch right at the top of the pile and in constant rotation on the stereo. Exceptional stuff.
Anyhow, it's a Friday night, a few drinks have been imbibed, then a few more and I'm trawling through Amazon and I see a new Clutch release is forthcoming so I click to pre-order, I click on a few more things to pre-order but they don't concern us now.
So, it arrives this week and what do I find? Well, I find a damn good well grounded Hard Rocker. I won't go into track by track detail, but it's confident at times Lizzyesque Hard Rock swagger floated my old Longboat. I can see a back-catalogue investigation looming.
The vinyl edition is rather spiffing. Whilst not following the 180g trend, sonically it sounds rather fine (and 45 minutes doesn't need 2 discs). The packaging is awesome - a thick card gatefold sleeve (god I love these), inner sleeve with lyrics, bespoke labels, and unlike some new releases you aren't be robbed for the pleasure.
So vinyl addicts - go buy and enjoy.