Ministry - _Cover Up_
(13th Planet Recordings, 2008)
by: Jackie Smit (
On the face of it, there really are very few reasons to justify an album like _Cover Up_ even coming into existence to begin with. Notwithstanding the questionable inclusion of several covers we've already been presented with in various guises before, last year's _The Last Sucker_ opus was meant to draw a line under Ministry's colourful career. It may have done so to varying degrees of success, but nevertheless.Still, from the first spin, the logic becomes a little clearer. If the Bush-baiting antics of its predecessor served as the curtain call, then _Cover Up_ is the soundtrack to the after-party, and it certainly sounds like Al Yourgenson is letting his hair down here. There's a highly entertaining, sleaze-laced take on The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" for starters, and even if it sounds more like Revolting Cocks than Ministry, the sentiment would remain the same regardless. Equally irreverent is the middle-finger-in-the-air interpretation of T-Rex's "Bang a Gong"; surely a must at any barbeques you're planning on hosting this summer.But it's a truly fucked-up version of "What a Wonderful World" that really steals the show. Never in a million years would Louis Armstrong have imagined his saccharine tune reinterpreted as part industrial metal anthem, part rueful hangover ballad. In Yourgenson's hands however that's exactly what it becomes, and if anything it sums up the Ministry mantra better than anything on _The Last Sucker_ ever could; beautifully orchestrated sonic chaos, performed by a group with piss-taking grins permanently plastered on their faces.
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