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Album Review

The first Clutch studio release in over two years, Strange Cousins from the West is their ninth studio effort; their second recorded with producer J. Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studio in Baltimore, MD; and their first original studio release on their self-owned label, Weathermaker Music. If you're familiar with Clutch at this point in the band's career (after almost 20 years), there aren't too many surprises; it's another album filled with greasy, bluesy, down-home stoner rock. One slight variation this time around is that keyboardist Mick Schauer isn't on board — bassist Dan Maines, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, guitarist Tim Sult, and vocalist/guitarist Neil Fallon recorded as a four-piece — and the lack of a Hammond organ and the stripped-down production give the album a rawer, more organic, and more spatial feel. This leaves more room for the beefy bass tone and delirious lyrics ("Anthrax, ham radio...and liquor!") to shine, but because the grooves are a touch slower and more restrained, Strange Cousins from the West is a step down from their last three albums, From Beale Street to Oblivion, Robot Hive: Exodus, and Blast Tyrant. Even if it's a little less lively, it's still pretty typical Clutch: always heavy, always solid, and ideal background music for driving a semi-truck through a swamp.

Customer Reviews

They did it again!

Have no second thoughts about buying ANY album these guys put out, they are all amazing and will quickly become a favorite. Also check out The Bakerton Group *(an instrumental alter ego of Clutch)* and The Company Band *(Neil Fallon/vocals)*.

listen and learn

One of the most under rated rock bands ever. Clutch is like a breath of fresh air in room full of smokey corperate pushed radio rock bands. Not to mention one of the best live shows. So do your self a favor and buy this album.or any album that has clutch on it.

New Clutch!!!

Of course this new studio release from Clutch will provide salvation until America's hardest working band does it again. The water never ceases to flow for the boys. A+

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Germantown, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Clutch combined elements of funk, Led Zeppelin, and metal with vocals inspired by Faith No More. Formed in 1991 in Germantown, MD, the group included Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums). They built a local following through constant gigging, and after just one 7" single (the classic Earache release "Passive Restraints") Clutch was signed by EastWest Records. Their debut LP, Transnational Speedway League, followed in 1993. A self-titled album appeared...
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