For over 25 years now, the fellas from Maryland that came together to form Clutch have been producing their own unique brand of rock. At times bluesy, psychedelic and even punk; and at times irreverent and always witty and intelligent. Clutch recently released their 12th album, Book of Bad Decisions via their own label, Weathermaker Music and are currently on the road in support of the release.
The first of fifteen songs is Gimme the Keys and the intensity and ferocity of the song sets the stage for what’s to come. It’s quickly followed by the ode to an earlier time, Spirit of ‘76. Next up is the title track, and Neil Fallon swears as president in the political election satire, How to Shake Hands. The band takes a funky turn with In Walks Barbarella, complete with a horn section that will have a crowd grooving and joining in the refrain of “Weaponized Funk.”
With the sheer number of songs on the album, one would think that there would be some low points. Well, there really aren’t, although listeners of course will have their personal preferences and may end up having one or two that they skip from time to time. Another standout track is Hot Bottom Feeder. Make sure to check out the video as this song is literally a musical Maryland crab cake recipe. Come on, who else but Clutch could get away with that? Entertaining and educational and less than four minutes long.
Clutch doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and are as authentic as ever on Book of Bad Decisions. It looks like we can still look forward to a 13th, 14th, 15th album from these guys and as long as they keep putting out new material, the fans will continue to soak it up.