Book of Bad Decisions

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Book of Bad Decisions
ClutchBookofBadDecisionscover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2018
RecordedSputnik Sound, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre
Length56:54
LabelWeathermaker Music
ProducerVance Powell
Clutch chronology
Psychic Warfare
(2015)
Book of Bad Decisions
(2018)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5[5]
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Exclaim!9/10[6]
Pop Matters3/5 stars[7]
Classic Rock4.5/5 stars[2]

Book of Bad Decisions is the twelfth studio album by the band Clutch, released on September 7, 2018, through the band's own label Weathermaker Music.[8] The album was released on CD, regular black vinyl, limited coke bottle clear vinyl and on picture disc, and was produced by Vance Powell.

Reception[edit]

MetalSucks praised the album, calling it a "slightly disjointed record that sounds like the simmering undercurrent of disbelief, anxiety, and rage that lies just below the surface of the world today." [9] Rolling Stone was also positive in their review, stating "Book of Bad Decisions is another solid latter-day Clutch record, bathed in the grit and liberal fuzz tone that have made their live shows legendary."[10]. Exclaim! gave the album a 9/10, stating that "this really needs to be said more, but Clutch are one of the best rock acts of the modern era".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Gimme the Keys"3:33
2."Spirit of '76"3:39
3."Book of Bad Decisions"3:23
4."How to Shake Hands"3:52
5."In Walks Barbarella"3:49
6."Vision Quest"3:18
7."Weird Times"3:09
8."Emily Dickinson"5:06
9."Sonic Counselor"3:28
10."A Good Fire"3:44
11."Ghoul Wrangler"4:28
12."H.B. Is in Control"3:01
13."Hot Bottom Feeder"3:34
14."Paper & Strife"3:02
15."Lorelei"5:48
Total length:56:54

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Chris Brooks – Hammond B3 on "Book of Bad Decisions", "In Walks Barbarella", "Emily Dickinson" and "Sonic Counselor". Piano on "Vision Quest". Wurlitzer on "Hot Bottom Feeder".
  • Mike Dillon – Percussion on "In Walks Barbarella", "Hot Bottom Feeder" and "Book of Bad Decisions". Vibraphone on "Lorelei".
  • Kevin Gatzke – Tenor and baritone saxophone. "In Walks Barbarella" horn arrangement.
  • Vinnie Ciesielski – Trumpet.
  • Roy Agee – Trombone and bass trombone.

Production[edit]

  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Vance Powell
  • Assisted by Michael Fahey
  • Mastered by Paul Logus for PLX Mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 57
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 89
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 87
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 42
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 15
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[17] 17
Scottish Albums (OCC)[18] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 13
US Billboard 200[22] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Book of Bad Decisions - Clutch - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ a b c "Clutch - Book Of Bad Decisions album review".
  3. ^ "Reviews for Book of Bad Decisions by Clutch". Metacritic. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Clutch Serve Up More Raucous Good-Time Rock on 'Book of Bad Decisions". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Simon.K (September 8, 2018). "Clutch - Book of Bad Decisions". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Clutch Book of Bad Decisions". exclaim.ca.
  7. ^ "Clutch Revisit the Past on 'Book of Bad Decisions'". 12 September 2018.
  8. ^ ""BOOK OF BAD DECISIONS" OUT TODAY". Pro-Rock.com. September 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "Clutch's Book of Bad Decisions Is Harsh Medicine for the Chapped Ass of 2018 - MetalSucks". 4 September 2018.
  10. ^ Shteamer, Hank (7 September 2018). "Review: Clutch Serve Up More Raucous Good-Time Rock on 'Book of Bad Decisions'".
  11. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #490". auspOp. September 15, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Billboard Canadian Albums". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 37. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved September 15, 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  22. ^ "Clutch Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2018.