Monster Magnet

Album Title: 
Milking The Stars: a re-imagining of Last Patrol
Release Date: 
Friday, November 14, 2014
Review Type: 

Is the tenth studio album by the American stoner rock band! According to the band’s frontman Dave Wyndorf, the album is a “Reimagined” version of their previous album, 2013’s Last Patrol, featuring four new songs and two live tracks. (recorded at the AB in Brussels in 2014).

Moving on the tracks: the idea at work with “Milking the stars” was essentially to make the album sound more old school, more retro. This goal is accomplished here not only with the “Last Patrol” rewrites but also with the new opener “Let the circus burn”. (a psychedelic track, fully instrumental)

The 6 “Last Patrol” rewrites knows a few noticeable changes (use of keyboard and organ, fuzz and wah effects and acoustic guitar). It’s not a remix record by the current definition, it’s more like “Last patrol” in a “What if?-style alternate reality (What if these songs were recorded in 1986?).

Finally there’s expanded versions of the songs “Last patrol” and “Three Kingfishers” as recorded live at the AB club in Belgium. It’s weird but it’s enjoyable, there are tracks on it that are a much improved version of the original and there are takes that aren’t. If fans love the original how will they react to the re-worked version? Time will tell! I am not a Monster Magnet-connoisseur but for me the album shows imagination and creativity.