REVIEW: CLUTCH – “Psychic Warfare”
Clutch have cemented themselves well in to the rock world with their blues groove tunes. Subsequently you generally know what will be coming from the band. This does lose some of the excitement of listening to new music but simultaneously knowing what will be featured makes for wise time spending.
Neil Fallon and company have returned and released their eleventh studio album entitled ‘Psychic Warfare’. As it suggests the concepts within do ascertain to such perceived negative aspects. The great thing is the contradiction with the warm and fuzzy tones that create an entirety. Lyrically the songs come across as tongue in cheek which also adds to the ambivalent nature of the album. The typical Americanism can still easily be noticed throughout the album with references everywhere, continuing on from their history.
Kicking off the ‘Psychic Warfare’ is a spoken word intro that soon kicks in with what is essentially the title track “X-Ray Visions” which sets the album up perfectly. It is one of the most upbeat songs featured within ‘Psychic Warfare’. The sound and imagery it gives is pleasing as it cracks on. The build up to the chorus adds more power to this specific track which adds to the coolness of it.
The album suddenly takes a turn from the upbeat bluesy rock to a more depressing state that takes control. “Doom Saloon” and “Our Lady of Electric Light” follow on so well they essentially are part of the same track. The bass drives this melancholic song as the reverbed guitar adds an ambivalent aspect compared to that of the vocals too. The shuffle feel of the percussion and melody of the guitar, accompanied by the soulful vocals create a rather haunting atmosphere throughout this track.
“Son Of Virginia” is the cliché track of the album, or so it first seems. Whilst it does have that stereotypic southern blues tone that one may expect from the band. It is also Clutch we are talking about so they have to infuse their own aspect in to it. This allows for an enjoyable slow moody ending to the album. The main guitar melody makes this track as it is interwoven with a blander riff that allows it to stand out more. The lead guitar is pretty enjoyable with multiple solo sections that accentuate the lone dusty imagery the song creates.
The lyrical and composure duality of ‘Psychic Warfare’ leads me to hold this album highly. There are a couple of filler tracks that leave some desirability but for the most part the album is another great addition to their discography. Clutch are one of those bands which push their own music to new heights without changing their core values too much. Thus allowing the band to go from strength to strength and giving the fans what is needed. Concluding, this album is well worth a listen for fans new and old so get out your gold and go purchase it.