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A decade too late, perhaps, but a return to form nonetheless,
This review is from: Mastermind [Digipak] (Audio CD)
For me, this album came out ten years too late. But then, better late than never, as they say, and this is an absolute gem of an album from everybody's favourite stoner-rock-pioneers-turned-cock-rock-uber-lords, and certainly a reward for long-term fans who feared the worst following frontman Dave Wyndorf's overdose a few years back.
At the turn of the century, Monster Magnet were poised for world domination, riding on a wave of commercial success and critical acclaim created by 1998's superb Powertrip. Then they released God Says No, which is by no means a bad album - it just wasn't the right record to enhance their burgeoning superstar status. Mastermind is the album Dave Wyndorf and co should've released back then, as it contains some of the catchiest, heaviest, ROCKING-est tracks the band has ever written. It's big, it's dumb but my, oh my, it's so much fun. "Bored for a thousand years/You gotta get me outta here/I don't wanna rape the world today!" bellows Wyndorf on second track, 'Bored of Sorcery'. It's been said many times before that it takes some sort of warped genius to create something seemingly so dumb, and herein lies Monster Magnet's appeal. After all, how else do you explain the enduring, ahem, magnetism of music made by a fifty-something year-old former acid head? On 'Gods and Punks' - one of the album's many stand-out tracks - we get a line that neatly encapsulates this appeal and tells you all you really need to know about this band in 2010: "I'm a stoned jet-fighter with a heart of gold/Well, I'm really mad and I'm really old!"
So, Monster Magnet are back to doing what they do best: kicking out the jams in ridiculously OTT style, with more than a flash of self-deprecatory humour and some comic-book wisdom about the big wide world. But Monster Magnet's records have always housed darker, introspective moments alongside all the anthems, and Mastermind is no different. Penultimate track, 'Ghost Story', is a particularly fine example of this - an honest, heartfelt lament, which sees Wyndorf lambasting himself for "put[ting] you in the darkness and shut[ting] that door."
There can be little doubt that Wyndorf's post-overdose experiences and the lessons he learned in the period since has informed much of the material here. Whether or not it could've been written without these experiences, ten years earlier, is something we'll never know. It's just good to have the New Jersey boys back, and in such fine form. Roll on the next record!
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2013 05:25:10 GMT
I agree this album is definitley a contender for 'best mm ever' but I don't agree with your interpretation and some of the stuff you have said here, but each to their own.
It is kind of telling that losing a lot seems to have made DW writing about 10 times better, and they were one of my favourite bands before this album....but this has something extra in my opinion, and I don't think there's an ounce of the regret in the lyrics that you allude to in your article
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