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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. Mar 30, 2013
    10
    The 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
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    10
    I 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
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    10
    The best part of Clutch (other than being hometown heroes) is the fact that they change and evolve with every album. Even if it's a slight change, there is evidence of it. Excellent offering from one of, if not THE, Best Band in Heavy Music.
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    100
    With a fan-pleasing alteration in style and 'no-filler, all-killer' logic, the outfit have churned out one of the their most widely appealing efforts thus far, not to mention a staple release for stoner rock in 2013.
  2. 80
    Clutch are getting better with age. [Jun 2013, p.88]
  3. May 14, 2013
    80
    Clutch’s aim here was to try something different, and in stripping Earth Rocker of its fat, the band has revealed even more imaginative and powerful artistic muscle.