- Summary: The tenth studio release for the Maryland-based rock band is a heavier and faster than previous albums.
- Record Label: Weathermaker Music
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
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Positive: 5 out of 5
Mixed: 0 out of 5
Negative: 0 out of 5
Mar 30, 2013The current review score (3/20/2013) is greatly underrated! Evidently, they are not taking the scores of actual rock 'n roll music review sites into consideration. I've seen about 20 or so sites that are rating this album an A, a 9 or 10, and for good reason. It is one of the catchiest, hard-rocking-est albums ever released. Many publications consider this disc to be a major contender for the rock album of the year. GOOD EXAMPLES: http://killhipsters.com/2013/03/clutch-earth-rocker-album-review/ and http://www.sicasylum.com/clutch-earth-rocker/ ...they got it right. ENJOY THE ROCK!… Expand
Apr 3, 2013I have loved this band for years, but was somewhat disappointed with Strange Cousins From the West. Earth Rocker more than makes up for that album's shortcomings. Clutch took a little longer than normal building this album and it shows. This offering re-harnesses the scattered lyrical brilliance and funky blues rock tightness that fans have come to expect and love. The opening title track boldly and sarcastically takes aim at the music industry and the so-called musicians who pollute airwaves over an infectious hard rock groove. The maniacal laugh in the chorus is hard not to imitate, just remember that the people in the car next to you can see you trying. From there the album raucously and eagerly takes aim at politicians, religion, people who talk to much about politics and religion, and mindless drones while sprinkling in some good old fashioned rock and roll car and revenge themes. "Gone Cold", the album's slow-it-down song, is a brilliant lamentation of lost and blurred memories to which most can easily relate. "Cyborg Bette" is also a song that most will hear and think "Yeah, I know that girl." As usual, Neil Fallon litters his lyrics with historical and (sometimes obscure) literature references, as well as not-so-subtle metaphors. Jean-Paul Gaster is one of the best drummers in rock, and his talent is once again showcased en masse. Tim Sult (guitar) and Dan Maines (bass) continue to hold things together with their seamless, tight chemistry while perfectly complementing Neil and JP's frenzy. It's a structure that works very well. When a band has been around for 20 years, it's easy for songs to begin to start sounding too much alike. It's also easy for a band to try too hard to sound radically different. Earth Rocker is proof that a band can evolve without straying too far from the solid foundation that got them where they are. Some songs will remind longtime fans of tracks from past albums, but in a way that will inspire nostalgia and a desire to go listen to those albums again (as if they need a reason). They will all inspire a desire to bob one's head, sing along, rail against stupidity, and read more.… Expand
Feb 14, 2014The only reason I bothered to find this album was that it was the Number 1 Metal Album of the Year from Metal Hammer. Except for that - I had never heard of "Clutch" in my entire life. I got to listen some of their older stuff on YouTube and I still stand by that I had no reason to know them up until now.
I've found only but a few perfect albums in my life. Perfect - all the songs from beggining to end are strong, no fillers, and powerful. "Earth Rocker" is one of those albums.
I went in expecting to hear something very metal. Obviously, to anyone with any trail of thought - this isn't no metal. I don't know what Metal Hammer are on this year, but it seems it's strong, because the closest Clutch comes to metal is "rock", but the thing is that Clutch are doing their own thing and that's how they make a mark.
Now that I've gotten out of the way - the album is indeed very strong. The polish and mastering is high, unlike most of their previous work, from what I've heard that is. The album starts really strong with seemingly song after song with absolute hit potential, towards the middle things slow down a bit, but never get boring or bad. At the end, the album tends to loose some hype, but by then I didn't really care, to be honest - everything else was awesome.
Though Clutch's writing is interesting, I don't' find it to be my type. Some of the lyrics I like, in other songs - I like the overall theme, but I don't regard this as good lyricswriting. This is the only grudge I can have with this album - it's fun to listen, addicting, fun to play and is just a perfect album.
I really recommend to anyone who listens to rock and metal, especially if they are into more retro stuff.… Expand
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