Clutch- From Beale Street to Oblivion
(DRT Entertainment DRT449)

From Aural Innovations #36 (May 2007)

Ok.. the masters of heavy swing or groove are back with yet another killer records. This band just keeps getting better and better. The style has changed dramatically but they have got the goods and kick your ass all the same as they did before, they just have a newer cooler sound, if you ask me and more of their roots are sticking out…. The record starts off quite hard and heavy with You can’t stop progress right into Power Play. The sound production is awesome and the swing-groove is addictive… The Devil and Me tells a really cool story and I love the organ and the killer foot stomping groove of this track. White’s Ferry begins quite spacey but then it really picks up and then spaces out again at the end. Electric Worry is one of the most catchy tracks on the CD with the voice and guitar talking to each other at the beginning before the track really pick sup in classic early 70’s ZZTOP style, including some harmonica! One Eye Dollar is a very short 1½ minute track. Child of the City is a heavy blues jammer… Rapture of Riddley Walker has a very cool effected guitar and a great simple groove and great lyrics. When Vegans attack has features some nice slide guitar and organ interplay as well. Funny track.. Opossum Minister brings back the more harder rocking side of the record with a killer groove. Black Umbrella and my favourite track, Mr. Shiny Cadillackness end this awesome CD. Clutch has never been more bluesy than this but that is cool with me as they keep writing great songs and getting more and more like the old bands that I love. I just wish they would start jamming more in concert, then I would be in heaven….

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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