The world needs more bands like Clutch. In a genre that consistently takes itself too seriously, Clutch is a band you can’t count on for a good time. They also happen to write some catchy songs.
Book of Bad Decisions immediately shifts into gear with Gimme the Keys. The title track, Book of Bad Decisions, shows a new, funkier side of the band and you can really hear the influence of produce Vance Powell (producer for The White Stripes). How to Shake Hands is a overtly political rock-n-roll track with some cool riffs. In Walks Barbarella is a gloriously funky track with horns. You’ll likely find yourself singing “weaponized funk” along with vocalist Neil Fallon. Towards the end of the album, Clutch gives you their recipe for crab cakes on Hot Bottom Feeder.
All in all, this is a fun album that is distinctly Clutch. That being said, this album has a slick Nashville sound that is new for the band. Depending on how you feel about that sound, you could come away thrilled or disappointed.