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Clutch: Book Of Bad Decisions (Coloured Vinyl 2 LP)

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With the release of their highly anticipated 12th studio album, the gloriously titled Book of Bad Decisions, it would be easy to suggest that legendary Maryland rockers Clutch have made their finest record to date. This may even be true. You see, the thing about Clutch is that ever since their 1993 debut Transnational Speedway League they’ve been in the business of writing stone cold classics, and even the most rabid fan would have trouble picking just one. Book of Bad Decisions won’t make that task any easier. Rest assured, it’s another classic. Recorded over three weeks at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, Book of Bad Decisions was produced by four-time Grammy winner Vance Powell (Seasick Steve, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, etc.), a man who apparently knows that a one degree angle change in microphones makes a difference to how an instrument sounds. Interestingly, his name first came to the band’s attention via country star Chris Stapleton.

“It started with my brother-in-law, who’s a huge Chris Stapleton fan,” says drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. “He and I would listen to The Traveller quite a bit, and one thing that stood out was that it didn’t sound like any other country record that I’d heard. Shortly after that I was on Spotify, and a song by The Dead Weather came up. It just blew me away and I could tell that whoever produced that record was doing things a different way. I looked it up and there was Vance Powell’s name again, so something was telling us that this is a guy we should reach out to.”

With each band member contributing riffs to the album – including Jean-Paul who has added mandolin to his repertoire – there was no shortageof material, each song road-tested long before it reached the studio. Hell, with 15 songs, Book of Bad Decisions could easily pass as a double album! Always wary of repeating themselves and retreading old ground, there is even – for the first time on a Clutch album – a horn section that swings like James Brown’s pants!

“We’re exceptionally lucky to have the fans we have,” Jean-Paul agrees. “They’re diehard, and because of that, we take this that much more seriously. We do not take this for granted. We know that those folks could be anywhere else, and they’ve chosen to spend the evening at a Clutch show, so we’re gonna do the best we can to provide them with the best musical experience we can. I think that translates to the records, because at the end of the day, all you have is your records. When this whole thing wraps up, those are gonna be the things that go down in history.”

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2XLP

Tracklisting

01. Gimme the Keys
02. Spirit of ’76
03. Book of Bad Decisions 4. How to Shake Hands 5. In Walks Barbarella
06. Vision Quest
07. Weird Times
08. Emily Dickinson
09. Sonic Counselor
10. A Good Fire
11. Ghoul Wrangler
12. HB Is in Control
13. Hot Bottom Feeder
14. Paper & Strife
15. Lorelei

1 review for Clutch: Book Of Bad Decisions (Coloured Vinyl 2 LP)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rue Morgue Records

    One of the best damn rock bands this side of Hades is back, led as always by inimitable vocalist Neil Fallon, whose burly howl only gets better with age. Book Of Bad Decisions, their 12th album, picks right back up where their 2015’s Psychic Warfare left off, peddling a similar strain of weaponised funk that’s been winning over rock-hardened hearts since 1991. Decades in, Clutch’s jammy, wide-open blend of jubilant blues, ’90’s alt grooves, and Southern rock swagger, is still its own kind of monster. Just another kick ass record of Clutch at their best!

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