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  • Summary: The first album on the band's own label was produced by J. Robbins.
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  1. It's one of their strongest albums, which is saying a lot for a band who've been workhorses for the past two decades. [Aug 2009, p.106]
  2. Their most streamlined record in years, Strange Cousins From the West marks a return to the band’s more robust sound of six years ago.
  3. 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.
  4. While the harsher edges of their previous efforts have been sanded off long ago, frontman Neil Fallon still has a bucketload of fire and brimstone left in his belly and no-one does the possessed preacher man schtick quite like him.
  5. Freakonomics proves they still pack a punch, though. [Aug 2009, p.101]
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  1. DanF.
    Aug 3, 2009
    Just saw them play this album at the HOB. Clutch rules in my book. This album is just as good as the 8+ others.
  2. JacobH
    Aug 30, 2009
    Great album, no it's not "The elephant riders" but these guys always please. The storytelling is there, and I cant help from tapping my foot and nodding my head to their infectious grooves. Nice, fresh, clean. Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2012
    Another amazing album by one of the best bands in the world. Still like their self titled release, Robot Hive, and From Beale Street better, but you can never go wrong with a Clutch album. Name one other band that consistently produces the level of quality that Clutch produces! It is hard to thing of a band that does it as well as Clutch. I will continue to purchase ever Clutch album that comes out. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2010
    This record reflects and brings to a boil all releases since Elephant Riders. Clutch never disappoints....well, unless you miss a shogun named...

    I sure do.
  5. Mar 20, 2013
    Great album. can listen to it over and over...there's a couple of songs I skip through, but overall better than most crap out there. The drumming is very prominent and is worth listening to if you are a fan of buddy rich and john bonham, Expand
  6. MatthewE
    Jul 31, 2009
    It's pretty good. Not great.
  7. MilesJ.
    Aug 1, 2009
    The reason to listen to Clutch is for Neil's storytelling. It's okay that they've lost the band members they were accumulating over the last few albums, but the lyrics here are not the group's best. This is a fans-only deal. Expand

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