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  • This is an interesting album, even for Clutch. While it lacks the lyrical and thematic edge of Robot Hive Exodus, it makes up for in pure southern rock foot stomping goodness. This album makes it harder to stay in your seat than any of their previous offerings. The earlier tracks such as “Can’t Stop Progress” and “Power Player” hearken back to Clutch’s heavier roots, while “The Devil & Me” and “Electric Worry” take them even farther into their new southern sound. “Electric Worry” is an instant classic and easily one of the band’s best songs to date. The latter tracks dive back into Fallon’s trademark lyrical style (“When Vegans Attack” and “Black Umbrella” are particularly entertaining) and sound more like a solid Clutch live set than any of their previous studio efforts. Their blues influence is more noticeable on this album and smoothly integrated into their sound, especially with Mick’s organ work and Fallon’s harmonica. Clutch’s gearhead fans from their early days who have been displeased with the southern direction of their sound will probably not like this album – it’s clear the ‘rock fury’ days are past. Fans of Clutch’s newer direction will love it, as will anyone who enjoys their live shows. This is a great album.

    Posted on December 26, 2009