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Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus
01. The Incomparable Mr. Flannery
02. Burning Beard
03. Gullah
04. Mice And Gods
05. Pulaski Skyway
06. Never Be Moved
07. 10001110101
08. Small Upsetters
09. Circus Maximus
10. Tripping The Alarm
11. 10,000 Witnesses
12. Land Of Pleasant Living
13. Gravel Road
14. Who's Been Talking?
2005 DRT Entertainment

Reviewed by: Adam Hellbound   //   Published: 6/7/2005

Can't funk with the feel.

The Pitchfork EP was released in October 1991. In the interceding fourteen years between then and now, Clutch have undergone zero lineup changes and forged a path through heavy music that left in its wake a mere seven full-length albums, four EPs, scores of unreleased tracks and two live albums (not to mention the thousands of tour dates they absolutely burnt to the fucking ground).If one were to reflect on the band's career knowing nothing other than these facts, one could conclude only that they were an enormously successful band. It being the case that most successful bands begin at lamentably horrendous and progress downward from there, Clutch is a rarity. No one has ever come home from a Clutch show thinking "Man, that sucked;" if they did, they were probably in the minority. That's a track record that's hard to beat.

I will admit that I may be biased when it comes to discussing Robot Hive/Exodus. I almost feel grateful to the band for being dependably awesome, album after album. Initial favorites on this album were "Mice and Gods" and the bouyant, folkish "Gravel Road." "The Incomparable Mr. Flannery" lays down a fiery groove and "Burning Beard" rocks as hard anything they've written. Clutch plays it cooler than usual on "Land of Pleasant Living," a standout number centered around a smoky nightclub vibe that could wouldn't be out of place on a Nick Cave album."Land" also showcases the most significant change to the band's sound -- the addition of a Hammond B-3. The sound is sublime, as loud and powerful in the upbeat instrumental "Tripping The Alarm" as it is subtle and snaky in the bluesy, Howlin' Wolf cover "Who's Been Talking".

Bottom Line: Fourteen years gone and I'm still as jazzed about Clutch as when I first heard them. When a band is this good for this long, it becomes increasingly harder to discuss them on an objective basis. Robot Hive/Exodus follows in the tradition of every Clutch album; it possesses a unique sound that, while being different from how they have ever sounded in the past, is immediately recognizable as Clutch.

Urkelbot_   posted 1/22/2006 3:17:01 AM
Whoever says Clutch is bad seriously needs to die.
Terra Big-Size_   posted 8/1/2005 5:22:19 PM
Stunning album, stunning band. I am a professor of homosexuals at the university of Francaise Au Geneve and this album is an absolute hit with the people I study.
They were blown the gay away with Blast Tyrant, and with Robot/Hive, it took a little more time, but the results are astonishing. These passive wimps now kick the shit out of illiterate trash with barbed wire tattoos. A poll taken of gay clutch fans revealed they liked whitehouse, slayer, black flag, fugazi, dead kennedys, bru
Ricky_   posted 7/20/2005 3:54:44 AM
Who the hell labeled Clutch as a metal band?
Clutch is f*cking horrible.
I saw them at the sounds of the underground tour here in orlando and they were so horrible that they got booed. thats when you know you should kill yourself.
hatedragon_   posted 7/9/2005 5:05:55 PM
Clutch...will always have some good interesting, different, fun music. "Rock n Roll Outlaws" rock on
Shane_   posted 6/30/2005 12:39:21 AM
CLUTCH...what can I say? Evey album since "Pitchfork" has rocked me to Hell and back! They are the outlaw Saviours of rock-n-roll...listen, learn, and love...this album is the Grand Master Jam of 2005 and beyond...Amen!

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