Monster Magnet - _Monolithic Baby!_
(SPV Records, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (9 out of 10)
Monster Magnet are the saviours of rock 'n' roll. In fact, check that. Monster Magnet -are- rock 'n' roll. Period. Fuck The Darkness and their faux-spandex, bucktoothed grins plastered across every TV music channel. Fuck Axl Rose and his mythical Chinese Democracy. Monster Magnet are the real deal: a band that exudes the hedonistic, vital pulse of rock 'n' roll like no other, and if their previous offerings haven't convinced you, then _Monolithic Baby!_ offers the final shard of evidence to underpin their genius. Continuing in the vein of 1998's _Powertrip_ and eschewing the over-production of 2000's _God Says No_, this is a gloriously filthy behemoth of an album, well-played and devilishly clever in its simplicity. While largely stripped of the psychedelic shades that characterised some of the band's previous work, songs like "Too Bad" and "On the Verge" still betray Dave Wyndorf's penchant for experimenting with diverse sounds and textures. At its heart though, _Monolithic Baby!_ is all about big, in-your-face verbosity; the kind of music that is best enjoyed at maximum volume, with as little forethought as possible. To this end, _Monolithic Baby!_ requires no further analysis, save to say that after three years of label woes and uncertainty, it's good to see Monster Magnet back and as strong as ever.


(article published 29/2/2004)

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