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Great songs, but, oh my that production
on 23 July 2009
This is Monster Magnet, so you can expect that each song has been carefully crafted, well played and well thought through before recording began. And indeed: each song has it's own power and rhythm. But the production of this album ruins it all. Some songs even sounds as if the guitars are played a few leagues under water (okay, I am exaggerating a bit). But honestly, the drums and the guitars miss a certain `crispyness', a quality that allows them to really burst from your speakers. What you have left is an album with potentially great songs, but that just don't deliver 100%. Also, but this is not a real flaw, the songs lack a certain cohesiveness, which I will explain below.
The opener 4-Way Diablo is a hauntingly easy, but also nasty, dirty Rock & Roll anthem this will do wonders in live shows.
Wall of Fire could have been taken form Monolithic Baby!, energetic powerful, again an instant classic.
You're Alive is a song that may need a few listens to get into, and seems like an odd break from the previous two songs on the album.
Blow your Mind is a space rock / stoner song in the traditional sense of the word. Great vocals, great drive.
Cyclone is a slow building song that keeps building tension, with great lyrics.
2000 Light years form Home, is a Rolling Stones cover, but done in a superb way.
No Vacation is in league with Wall of Fire, and has a strong rhythm .
Calling You again seems like an odd break on the album, especially set beside Solid Gold, which seems like a traditional Rock & Roll song.
Freeze and Pixelate is the instrumental piece of the album.
A Thousand Stars, virtually, can be named as the album's ballad (without the true romance of course, it is Monster Magnet after all)
Slap in the Face can shake hands with You're Alive.
And, concluding, Little Bag of Gloom, is a slow stoner rock song.
All in all, the songs may be great, but the general production of the album just saps away intensity and `mellows' the sound.