- 4:45 pm - Sat, Dec 14, 2013
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Maggie’s Top 13 in 2013
Last Patrol, Monster Magnet
A recurring theme in my list will be “big sound.” Sprawling, huge, encompassing sound. And until this album, I would have never thought I’d use all of those words to describe Monster Magnet as confidently as I can now with Last Patrol. In fact, before this album, you probably wouldn’t even hear me use the words “Monster Magnet” as many times as I’m about to.
Somewhat a commodity in my record collection, Monster Magnet’s past albums were always hit and miss with me. As much fun as I had with the previous releases, I enjoyed them more than I liked them, if that makes any sense.
Last Patrol, however, is a different story. It’s an album I can sit down with. An album I can swim in the deep end of. The album artwork is kind of telling- the music surrounds you as an envelope of space, almost. Magnet takes a step back from straightforward, heavy riffs to a more psychedelic, dynamically varying sound where the emphasis is much more subtle and less obvious than previous tracks. It makes you approach the music with more careful ears but a more open mind. Though some heaviness has been sacrificed, the kinetic energy of Monster Magnet is dispersed differently to cover more surface. That heaviness is now evenly mixed in a batter of sophistication and musicality. Overall, song-for-song, it’s my favorite from Monster Magnet by far. If they continue to elaborate on this direction sonically, it would certainly be dopes to infinity.