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Album Review: Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions

Article by: Wendy Podmenik Darugar


On September 7th, Maryland rockers Clutch will drop their 12th studio album, staying true to their roots with their trademark gritty guitar licks and quirky lyrics — with a nod to delta blues, served with a side of funk.

Recorded in three weeks in Nashville by producer Vance Powell, the thrust of Book of Bad Decisions was to capture the power and feel of a live show. Spending a few days on the road with Clutch before recording, Powell strove to retain the raw, organic energy of the long-touring band on the 15 track album.

These guys are rocking out in working man’s blue denim…with vocalist Neil Fallon delivering his witty and unconventional song-stories in a growling, spoken word manner. Book of Bad Decisions has included a horn section for the track “In Walks Barbarella” – lyric “defcon, tractor beams, gamma ray gun, straight out the mothership- weaponized funk” could be used as the best descriptor for this lovechild fusion with James Brown.

Track “Hot Bottom Feeder” pays homage to Maryland’s love affair with blue crabs, an actual song that spells out a recipe for crab cake. Catchy and unconventional, it summarizes Clutch’s style for the unexpected, conveyed in a very matter of fact manner.

With 4 singles released in anticipation of the full album, Clutch is now gearing up for a full tour beginning September 16th at Chicago’s Riotfest and winding through the states until late October, with many shows already sold out. Check out tour dates and availability here:

Wendy Podmenik Woodell
Since entering the world of photography in 2013, WENDY PODMENIK has focused her interest on live music. Her ultimate goal is to successfully present the live music genre as an art form which preserves the expression, emotion, and energy of specific moments in time. ////// GLENN WOODELL spends his musical time working both on and around the stage. He's spent decades behind the lens as a visual artist, and for his career, studied human vision as a scientific researcher. His time on the stage these days is either spent holding on to a bass guitar or a camera.