Book of Bad Decisions

Book of Bad Decisions

by Clutch

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Overview

Nearly 30 years into their careers, Clutch sound like they're just settling into their prime on their 12th set, Book of Bad Decisions. Balancing the full-throttled rush of 2013's Earth Rocker and 2015's epic Psychic Warfare, Book of Bad Decisions delivers a fiery, chest-thumping experience packed with Southern-fried rock strut. Producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton) introduces some new tricks to the Clutch attack, introducing a honky tonk barroom piano that propels the rollicking "Vision Quest" and a brass section that buffers "In Walks Barbarella," a wildly charismatic entry that dials the funk past 11. This is classic Clutch and yet it feels refreshed and alive. Titled after the various chapters from the band's past -- like disastrous early gigs ("Gimme the Keys") or the first time frontman Neil Fallon heard Black Sabbath ("A Good Fire") -- Book of Bad Decisions honors their legacy without getting bogged down in the stoner-sludge of their early days. Even the cowbell retread of "Weird Times" and the bloated midsection serve a purpose, providing reliable new jams for the longtime fans skeptical about horns and piano tinkling on a Clutch record. Elsewhere, potential live staples and fan favorites abound. "Spirit of '76" doubles down on the Sabbath and Zeppelin influences. "Paper & Strife" chugs along the rhythm and groove provided by Tim Sult, Dan Maines, and Jean-Paul Gaster, who sound so tight they make this seem effortless. Clutch haven't sounded this unburdened or spirited in years -- the politically satirical "How to Shake Hands" and literal crab cake recipe "Hot Bottom Feeder" are both hilarious and deviously catchy -- ensuring that these road dogs have plenty of energy left in them. Book of Bad Decisions is an excellent late-era entry into the band's vast catalog, a natural product of their enduring chemistry and dedication to their legion of fans. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2018
Label: Weathermaker Music
UPC: 0896308002811
catalogNumber: 66
Rank: 4446

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clutch   Primary Artist
Chris Brooks   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Mike Dillon   Percussion,Vibes
Vinnie Ciesielski   Trumpet
Neil Fallon   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jean-Paul Gaster   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Tim Sult   Guitar,Group Member
Roy Agee   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Dan Maines   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Kevin Gatzke   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jack Flanagan   Management
Neil Fallon   Composer
Jean-Paul Gaster   Composer
Tim Sult   Composer
Dan Winters   Art Direction,Illustrations
Dan Maines   Composer
Vance Powell   Producer,Engineer
Travis Smith   Graphic Design
Marc English   Type Design
Kevin Gatzke   Horn Arrangements
Emi Horikawa   Administration

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