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.
Book Of Bad Decisions". One road lead to the east Another to the west In a fit of desperation In the dark I sought redress. As the clouds began to gather Oh I wailed like a newborn babe Newborn babe And opened the book Of bad decisions I have made I have made. I walked into the station All covered in blood The watchman came out "You can't be here son". So I threw down my suitcase Oh I wailed like a newborn babe Newborn babe And wrote another chapter Of bad decisions I have made I have made
Book Of Bad Decisions doesn’t bust that winning streak. In fact it’s up there with the very best records they’ve released – 2007’s Blast Tyrant, 1995’s self-titled second album, 2013’s Earth Rocker. It’s punchy and wise, freaky and funny, and it throbs and hums like an electric fence. Clutch hit on the killer formula a long time ago and have been tweaking the doesage ever since: one part fuzzy boogie rock, one part gnarly hardcore, one part tight-arsed funk, one part street-corner mysticism. That’s not to say they repeat themselves.
Book of Bad Decisions is the twelfth Clutch album. This time around, Clutch have taken a turn for the acerbic, with a furious and slightly disjointed record that sounds like the simmering undercurrent of disbelief, anxiety, and rage that lies just below the surface of the world today. The American dream is a goddamn mess right now, but Clutch are on top of it. They’ve been listening, and on Book of Bad Decisions they’re here to slap you on the shoulder and let you know you’re not alone. It’s not all sorrow and fury, sure, but even during its carefree moments, this album bristles at how insane.
Book of Bad Decisions (D. .has been added to your Cart. The music, lyrics, vocals, and performance are excellent. This album is a well-rounded depiction of Clutch's career. It's like a greatest hits, not of songs, but of styles and sounds of theirs. Unfortunately, in vinyl format, it is hard to enjoy. The pressing is distorted and muddy. One person found this helpful.
But mostly Book of Bad Decisions is another solid latter-day Clutch record, bathed in the grit and liberal fuzz tone that have made their live shows legendary. How to Shake Hands, a broad political satire set to raucous, hard-charging riffs, is an obvious standout in the tried-and-true mold of 2015’s Psychic Warfare and 2013’s Earth Rocker. Tracks like Weird Times and Ghoul Wrangler aren’t so much weak as redundant, overshadowed by the album’s more distinctive moments - Book of Bad Decisions might have been a stronger 40-minute album than the nearly hour-long 15-track helping that it is. But it does what it needs to, reminding Clutch fans how committed Fallon, Sult, Maines and Gaster are to their single-minded craft, while offering up a few prime candidates for future live staples.
Clutch latest offers plenty of fiery, rocking moments as well as a healthy dose of blues and funk inspired tunes.