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Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Greatest Fits spans many years of the band's history, from their industrial dance breakthrough "Land of Milk and Honey" to a pair of previously unreleased 2001 tracks. In that sense, this 13-track compilation is a great ov... more »
Greatest Fits spans many years of the band's history, from their industrial dance breakthrough "Land of Milk and Honey" to a pair of previously unreleased 2001 tracks. In that sense, this 13-track compilation is a great overview that careens from one jagged sonic peak to another, including the dizzy "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" (with guest vocalist Gibby Haynes calling out his nonsensical lyrics like he's at a nuthouse square dance), rarities (a dark, charged live version of "So What," the spare efficiency of "Reload"'s 12-inch remix), and the '90s MTV fodder of "Just One Fix" and "NWO." But those tracks also underscore the fact that while Ministry may have evolved dramatically from '80s synth-poppers to a pioneering '90s industrial powerhouse, their formulaic mix of thrash guitar riffs, monstrous mechanized bass and drum grooves, and occasionally clever samples seemingly ran out of gas mid-decade. And if one doubts Ministry's troubling cliché potential, check out Steven Spielberg's A.I.; when mainstream cinema's most successful director wanted a sleazy house band for the film's WWF-meets-SRL Flesh Fair sequence, he turned to Al Jourgensen and company to essentially play themselves. Ironically, their contribution to the film, "What About Us?" (along with a new cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut") offers some hope; the group's ever-assaultive take on the Ministry sound is at once stripped down, better structured, and--dare we say it?--more accessible. Why, we're whistling it right now. --Jerry McCulley
A good overview of Ministry's career
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 08/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After disappointing albums like "Filth Pig" and "Dark Side of the Spoon", Warner Bros. decided to part ways with Ministry; but not before they could try to make a quick buck with this greatest hits release. However, "Greatest Fits" does provide a satisfying overview of Ministry's career, and offers some bonuses as well. Beginning with "What About Us", a song written for Steven Speilberg's wanna be blockbuster film A.I., and going forward with Ministry classics like "Stigmata", "Land of Rape and Honey", a ten minute live version of "So What", "N.W.O.", "Just One Fix", "Jesus Built My Hot Rod", a 12' remix of "Reload", and a cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut". And while this is an all around great collection of Ministry tunes, one can't help but wonder why fan favorite tracks like "Psalm 69" and "Burning Inside" aren't here. I would rather listen to those any day as opposed to "Bad Blood". All in all, "Greatest Fits" is a good overview of Ministry's career, and is a nice introduction for newer fans of the band."
"Land of Milk and Honey"?
N. Durham | 08/19/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jesus, get it right. I'm a die-hard Ministry fan, but I'm tempted to give this weak-willed compilation album a neutral rating simply because the reviewer doesn't know Jourgensen's Ministry for Ministry of Sound's 2000 clubber's guide to trance. "Land of Milk and Honey" should be "Land of Rape and Honey". Is it so hard to read the liner notes? You'd think someone mildly knowledgable could have been curtailed to write the review."
Most of the "Fits".
H3@+h | VT | 10/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All in all, a fine collection that's only short a couple tracks. The bigger "hits" are here, like "Stigmata", "Thieves", and "Jesus Built my Hotrod", as well as the new "What About Us?", the "Reload 12", and an awesome live "So What". I think the Bob Dylan cover of "Lay Lady Lay" is a nice touch too. If I could throw a few more on, I would take "You Know What You Are", "Burning Inside", or "Dead Guy". But again, other than being only 13 tracks, it's a great industrial/metal collection from "Ministry". It will go nicely with your "NIN" and "Skinny Puppy" cd's."