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Bonus List: Top 2 Rock Albums of 2013

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Mark 2013 as the year I became a fan of Clutch with Earth Rocker and the year Alice in Chains continued to keep radio rock tolerable with The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (seriously, this disc gets a ton of play on the radio in these parts at least). While both albums could fall under the category of metal – and were reviewed on this very site – they are more rock than metal.

Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here

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Alice in Chains is on a roll with its post-Layne Staley era releases. In fact, my biggest complaint for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was it felt like William Duvall wasn’t allowed to take charge as often as I would like to see (check out “Phantom Limb”/”Hung on a Hook” I want more of this!). Jerry Cantrell continues to deliver as always though in a proper balancing of trademark grooves and melancholic acoustic numbers.

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Written by Eric

January 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Album Review: Clutch ‘Earth Rocker’ makes me a fan of the band

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I’ll waste no time admitting it. I have never cared much for Clutch’s music. It spawned the crusty, stoner, rock ‘n’ roll movement which I don’t get much enjoyment out of, especially in the local music scene, because these types of bands are decent, sure, but all the songs get old fast. I have also seen the band live and wasn’t impressed there either. It was the equivalent of catching a jam-band show, without the energy of a full-on metal show (not that I consider Clutch to be full-on metal) and I quickly zoned out and eventually left the venue.

However, in 2013, I decided to give Clutch another shot and check out Earth Rocker. I heard the title track previously online and thought the straightforward, almost classic rock, direction of this record fit the band better than past releases. In addition, frontman Neil Fallon’s vocals have more of a bluesy vibe, which I can totally get behind.

My first listening experience with Earth Rocker took place in Denver, Colorado, and it provided the fitting soundtrack to driving on the highway, with scenic mountains in view. The previously mentioned album opener, “Earth Rocker,” provides fun, straightforward rock ‘n’ roll entertainment, and that’s exactly how I would describe my feelings towards the record as a whole.

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Written by Eric

May 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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