Monster Magnet – “Milking The Stars: A Re-Imagining Of Last Patrol” (Napalm Records)
WTF – didn’t we already hear this one?! Well, yeah baby, but this one is in a whole new groove. If last year’s “Last Patrol” proper was for the mainstream, then ‘….Re-Imagining…’ is the full on, tripped out version that MM main man Dave Wyndorf imagined to be in the style of the 60s – and then some! Re-mixed, re-arranged and re-recorded to that end in terms of the six original songs, there are also two live bonus tracks in ‘Last Patrol’ and Donovan’s ‘Three Kingfishers’ as well as new tracks like ‘Goliath Returns’ with its heavy beat peppered with heaps of wah and crashing cymbals leading ultimately into psychedelic insanity! Whether with or without a drug haze indebted to hallucinogenic chemicals, this troupe from New Jersey have given each track even more trippiness – the track titles say it all really from ‘Hellelujah (Fuzz And Swamp)‘ with its bayou hillbilly feel and Wyndorf’s country drawl to the Easy Rider southern groove of ‘The Duke (Full On Drums ‘N Wah)’, complete with slide geetar and Wyndorf adopting his good ol’ boy accent amidst some classic southern boogie. ‘Stay Tuned (Even Sadder)‘ takes it to an almost evangelical level, with Wyndorf once again showing his adaptability by this time coming across as a cosmic preacher man! It all sounds like it could’ve been recorded by The Doors, 60s Rolling Stones, or Cream etc right down to the Hammond organ on my personal fave ‘Mindless Ones ’68’ – and if that wasn’t enough then the haunting country blues of ‘I Live Behind The Clouds (Roughed Up And Slightly)’ will surely reach into your soul as the eerie plucked guitar accompanying Wyndorf’s distant vocals is like the devil himself calling out to you across the wind. Amazingly dark and even more cosmic a ‘….Re-Imagining…’ is not only an album in its own right, but impresses that Monster Magnet is one of the few bands around who can pull off this sorta thing – listen to this late at night or a even a dark, gloomy day and you’ll know just what I’m talkin’ about.