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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major label debut for the New Jersey heroes, 27 Oct 1999
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This review is from: Superjudge (Audio CD)
Since it was their first album on a major label (A&M), some of the hardcore fans had a problem with this record, but it can't be denied that this record broke the Magnet into europe. Described as the 'Mad' album by Dave Wyndorf, the singer, this record is a lot more 'rock' than 'stoner', setting the path for Powertrip in the future. A stand-out track is 'Evil (Is goin' on)', a cover of a Howling Wolf song that stands up for itself thanks to some outstanding guitar work. 'Twin Earth' was many people's first view of the Magnet, getting some limited airplay for its video clip, which featured gyrating ladies - something that crops up again and again with Monster Magnet nowadays.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one everyone forgets, 16 Aug 2007
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Nathan Wulf (London, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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When you talk to a Monster Magnet fan, they usually tell you that their favourite album is Powertrip, Dopes To Infinity, or Spine Of God. It's like Superjudge didn't even exist. Even Dave Wyndorf has been known to shun it on occasion. What you need to know though, is that this record is the best thing they've ever done. Fuzzy guitars, with hints of Sabbath and Hawkwind (there's a cover of Brainstorm, but they way it's done makes it sound like Magnet and fits into the album well) was the way it went on here. The drums and bass are a bit low down in the production, which in itself is a bit fuzzy too, but that's also what gives this album it's atmosphere. Every song on the album is fine tuned to absorb the listener. You can lie down, close your eyes, and you don't even need narcotics to help conjur up weird images in your head. Or maybe that's just me?

For fans of fuzz/stoner/psychedelic/garage/acid rock.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We're all gonna lose it now ...", 22 Jan 2000
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I know people who think this is a lousy record, but they're wrong. It just happens to come between two outstanding ones ("Spine of God" and "Dopes To Infinity"). "Cyclops Revolution" and "Cage Around The Sun" aren't up to scratch but the rest of it is fine, although perhaps the sprawling, kaleidoscopic mix Alan Moulder gave "Dopes" wouldn't have gone amiss here, where it sometimes gets a bit too brutally riff-mongous. Vocally and lyrically our Dave is on top form, though, and the covers are judicious and imaginatively handled. If there is a small amount of major-label malaise discernible here, it was certainly blown away by their next album. "Superjudge" may well suffer the same fate as Deep Purple's "Fireball" - which came between "In Rock" and "Machine Head" - but if they'd recorded nothing else people would probably be calling it a classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, it's a Planet of the Apes and a third eye kinda thing!, 13 Feb 2010
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And here it is, Monster Magnet's finest album, and, by extension, one of the finest albums in the whole genre of psychedelic rock 'n' roll.

For some, this is the band's last great moment before they step down an increasingly commercialised path. (Not, I should add, that I agree with this, but it's definitely a view held by a proportion of the Magnetised. Personally, I think anyone discounting the next five albums needs their head read, but there you go.) For Dave Wyndorf, it's a deeply incomplete album, released to the public before he'd had a chance to layer it with the effects he intended it to have: for a more fully-realised vision of what he intended, see 'Dopes To Infinity', which he by far and away prefers. But then, don't you so often find that bands are rarely that fond of their greatest record? Just look at Anthrax and their own lukewarm appraisal of 'Among The Living'. For me, you see, this is the Magnet at their peak for one reason alone: the best songs. And let's go further: THE best song, 'Black Balloon', last track on the record and finest song the band have ever given birth to, a beautiful, bitter, emotive piece of low-key genius that I'm happy to count amongst my personal favourites.

But this is hardly a 'one outstanding moment, everything else not bad' state of affairs. We have those wonderful tracks in which Dave mythologises himself as a cosmic spaced-out sex-god, such as `Cage Around The Sun' or the lyrically superb `Face Down', clear forbears to the whole `bestriding the solar system in demonic starborne flares' tunes on `Dopes...' and `Powertrip'. We have those hard-rockin' Hawkwind-esque ditties like `Dinosaur Vacume' and `Stadium' and we have a pair of ingenious covers in the form of `Brainstorm' (Hawkwind, natch) and `Evil (Is Going On)' by Willie Dixon and Howling Wolf. And of course, this is the first Magnet album to feature guitarist Ed Mundell, so pivotal to the band's sound. Yes, the production is a bit sparse, spare and dry, and yes, you have to work a little bit harder to excavate the band's sounds and incorporate them into your headspace. But by Dave, it's worth it. A barn-storming collection of tunes, `Superjudge' remains a crowning glory of its genre, and merits a place in the collection of any serious devotee of tripped-out rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster Magnet - Superjudge, 6 Nov 2011
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The Red Bank, New Jersey based Monster Magnet released their second full-length studio album Superjudge in 1993, which contained the singles "Twin Earth" and "Face Down," as well as the Willie Dixon cover song `Evil,' and the Hawkwind cover song `Brianstorm.'

The album has historically been somewhat overlooked by a section of fans because it came between the cult classic debut Spine Of God and the fan-favourite third album Dopes To Infinity, whilst being praised and hailed by another section of their fans for the sound that resulted for just that reason.

Superjudge finds the band playing retro-sounding big, riffy rock/metal but it also finds them at arguably their most psychedelic. The album is full of phazers, flanges, Eastern scales and crazy lyrics. It has an overall trippy, freaked out attitude amidst the big riffs and hard rocking, despite protestations from frontman Dave Wyndorf that the album didn't end up as effects-laden and progressive sounding as he'd initially planned.

Standout tracks include the six and a half minute `Dinosaur Vacume,' as well as the album closer `Black Balloon' which every Monster Magnet fan should enjoy, and of course the brilliant Eastern tinged album centerpiece `Cage The Sun.'

This was the first of many albums to feature Ed Mundell, who would go on to become a huge part of Monster Magnet for many years as well as well as helping found The Atomic Bitchwax. His contributions here help give the album a different flavour to the album and EPs which preceded it. It doesn't just figuratively burst out of the speakers and capture your imagination, it could well take a few listens to worm its way under your skin as you absorb the clever lyrics, the neat little guitar touches and get to know the songs but if you like Monster Magnet or Stoner Rock/Metal in general then it is well worth persisting with.

Overall, Superjudge is a strong and underrated grower of an album that Monster Magnet fans should all check out, even if it isn't as instant as Power Trip or considered as classic as Spine Of God or Dopes To Infinity by most fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome., 5 May 2014
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This is a great album, but then I do not think MM have made a bad album. Fantastic guitar work and the usual quirky MM lyrics make this a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars v twins rock., 1 May 2014
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A good album i highly enjoy listen to it if you like black country communion as to me they sound pretty familiar i cant remember if singer on black Country is from monster magnet anyhow don't matter this album brilliant if you don't like rock then why are you looking at this if you do a worthy album for your collection.
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