To put it simply, the boys from Germantown have done it again. While scores of bands come and go and struggle to release more than one good album Clutch, like wine, is just getting better album after album and it goes without saying that another year sees another Clutch album sitting on the ninebullets.net Essential Listening list.
Clutch has been doing this music thing for some 18 years now and over time they’ve found a groove that works for them. Largely, Clutch fans fall into 2 categories, fans of Pure Rock Fury and backwards and fans of Blast Tyrant and forward. I am of the latter camp. The first time I heard Strange Cousins I was a little taken aback. It just didn’t seem to have the same flow as the past few albums…a little more metal and less blues. I was afraid they’d fouled one off the third base line (which they’ve earned the right to do). Turns out, all I needed to do was settle in and get to know this album a little better.
Strange Cousins does possess everything that’s made their Blast Tyrant and forward career so awesome but it also contains a little of the pre-Blast feel to it. Enough to maybe even make a believer out of folks that have since tuned the band out?