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Dave's found his mojo again!
on 19 November 2010
Short version: Buy it, it's a return to form and has a new introspective maturity to the lyrics.
Longer version: I admit it, Monster Magnet are my favourite band. They've soundtracked my entire adult life, and until 4 Way Diablo, had never put a foot wrong... well... Tab maybe.
But it turns out that nearly dying from a heroin overdose does in fact knock your creativity by a couple of notches, so while 4 Way Diablo was by any other band's standards great, for MM... it was weak.
This disc however is a full-blown return to form. The riffs are back, the big choruses which then turn into even bigger choruses are back, and there are now lots of interesting textural touches (like the synth washes of Titan Who Cried Like A Baby).
But the biggest change is the lyrics. Dave's lyrics have always been in a league of their own - the man may be a self-confessed (former) "drug athlete" but he's also an extremely gifted lyricist. Now that's he's off the heroin, he's kept the psychedelic comic-books and comets imagery that he's always used but he's acquired a melancholy tone that really works. The song "Time Machine" is an example, it's classic MM: it's one of his slow, beautiful little songs but the lyrics are heartrending - singing about how he was thinking that he was immortal and could do anything but now he's broken his time machine and is stuck on the edge of the world... sheesh, that's pretty direct for a guy who woke up from a thirty-five year acid trip to discover that he's in his mid fifties and the world has rolled on without him.
Similarly, the video to Gods and Punks sees a down-and-out former Super Villain struggling to be taken seriously by passers-by. Fair play to Dave, he's putting his heart on his sleeve. And that's what music is all about, really.
Please buy this album, it's wonderful.