Ministry
The Last Sucker

13th Planet / Megaforce
2007
B+
Reviewed by: Cosmo Lee
Reviewed on: 2007-09-25



Posted 09/25/2007 - 11:35:09 AM by cwperry:
 This may the best Ministry LP in a while--and I've heard others say so--but Jourgensen's weird obsession with George Bush is annoying even to Bush-bashers. I mean, really, if you hate him so much why do you spend so many hours gazing at pictures of him? But I digress. The horrible puns Jourgensen's been doling out (Rio Grande Blood, a takeoff of ZZ Top's Rio Grande Mud, not to mention a freakin' companion disc called Rio Grande Dub; and the worst one--Houses of the Mole--get it? Like Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy, only with mole sauce cuz mole sauce kinda looks like oil?? You know, like George Bush steals?? Oy vey. I will saunter into the sunset with my copies of The Land of Rape and Honey and The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste, but don't think I could ever waste two seconds of my time with any of these latter-day Jourgensen obsessive-compulsive Bush fantasies. We get it! Yes, we hate him, too! But get a new shtick for fuckssakes!
 
Posted 09/25/2007 - 03:07:56 PM by Zebcoz:
 I dunno, as a sincere Bush-hater, I don't find Al's fixation annoying at all. It's not like you can avoid Bush; he's out there destroying America and the world. And while I wholeheartedly agree that nuanced discussion and analysis are entirely necessary, there's also a time and place for catharsis, when you just want to scream I HATE THESE FUCKING REPUBLICAN FASCIST PIG BASTARDS, and not even Neil Young's glorious "Let's Impeach the President" does it with the verve and anger of Ministry. Also, nice review as always, Mr. Lee.
 
Posted 09/25/2007 - 03:08:36 PM by Zebcoz:
 The puns, though: yes, they are pretty damn bad.
 
Posted 09/25/2007 - 05:53:08 PM by cwperry:
 I'm groovy with catharsis, for sure. A three-album series of "catharsis" on one subject that a zillion other people have covered is a little much for me, though!
 
Posted 09/25/2007 - 06:48:26 PM by saltlick:
 Very nice review. People have to realize that Jourgensen probably doesn't have the same personal demons to battle now that he's clean, so the focus is turned outward. And as this review points out, Bush is the perfect embodiment of themes Al's been ranting about for years. Ministry's most widely-loved album, Psalm 69, perfected their approach: blunt force. The lyrics have to follow suit. Short slogans yelled through a megaphone work better for this stuff than nuance and development. He's aiming the administration's dumbed-down rhetoric right back at the source, realizing that propaganda works best when it's short and to the point.
 
Posted 09/25/2007 - 07:04:35 PM by cwperry:
 You mean like an alcoholic who turns to missionary work? I'm not against Jourgensen's use of megaphone-shouted slogans or tirades, and I do understand that he has long incorporated anti-Republican themes in his music. I don't expect nuance and development from Ministry. I am just bored by album after album after album of Dubya-drubbin', and I can't stand the guy either. I'm not asking for multi-faceted symphonies and great poetry.