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Ministry - "Cover Up" (CD)

Ministry - "Cover Up" CD cover image

"Cover Up" track listing:

1. Under My Thumb
2. Bang A Gong
3. Radar Love
4. Space Truckin'
5. Black Betty
6. Mississippi Queen
7. Just Got Paid
8. Roadhouse Blues
9. Supernaut
10. Lay Lady Lay
11. What A Wonderful World

Reviewed by on July 24, 2008

"if more cover bands sounded like this, I would be down the pub every night to see them!"

The Doors, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong... Ministry?! Whether you love or hate covers albums, they'll always be around, unlike Ministry, sadly. No doubt many Ministry fans were disappointed to hear that their final output would be a covers album, but Ministry's final offering is something that sums up the band in one word: fun.

This CD is just great fun from start to finish. It contains considerably less covers of metal bands that you might expect and breathes new life into songs you would never expect to hear on a Ministry CD. "Cover Up" opens in a big way by covering the biggest band in the world: The Rolling Stones and their classic "Under My Thumb." As a fan of The Stones, I can give the opinion that this is a fantastic version of a fantastic song. I never expected to hear a Stones song sounding like this in my wildest dreams and Ministry has truely done the song justice. In some ways, it might even be better than the original, since it's faster and provides a greater feel of pure rock and roll.

The entire album follows the same formula of fast and and furious rock and roll, which may sound like it gets old quick, but it doesn't. It provides you with a great sense of excitement such as that which normally would come only at a live show, and if more cover bands sounded like this, I would be down the pub every night to see them!

The track that stands out the most however, is obviously the recording of "What A Wonderful World." It's surprising how epic and almost ominous it sounds to begin with, but half way through, Ministry kicks in with a ferocious assault of rock that would make even the most die-hard Louis Armstrong fan grin like a madman.

This is the sort of CD to be purchased with the intentions of it being either driving music or perhaps a novelty. It will likely not be considered Ministry's final album - leave that to "The Last Sucker." Either way, "Cover Up" will leave you with a smile on your face that couldn't be removed with paintstripper.

Highs: Great fun, even if you don't like the music, it will provide you with alot of laughs. Plus it's rock how rock was always meant to be!

Lows: After a while, the listener becomes used to the sound and therefore wants a bit of a change in the way the covers are presented.

Bottom line: This will never be considered the most musically challenging album ever recorded but it will make for a great time and a great way to brighten up your day.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)