Strange Cousins from the West
Label: Weathermaker Music
This ninth full-length from southern-swaggered stoner metal outfit Clutch is a deeper foray for the band into the history of the blues. With the absence of organs and the addition of slide guitar, Clutch's sonic progression is a clever revision of rock 'n' roll's roots, from the soulful delivery of "Motherless Child" to the storytelling boogie of "Sleestak Lightning." Other foot-tapping standouts include the infectious rhythm of lead single "50,000 Unstoppable Watts," the effortless groove of "Minotaur" and the high-energy gallop of "Freakonomics."