Ministry
Twitch


3.5
great

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
June 1st, 2011 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The sound of Al Jourgensen finding his way To The Land of tasting minds and Psalm 69's.

Let’s be honest, every artist at one point in their career makes a progression in their music. Whether it’s backwards or forwards depends on who we’re referring to, but in this case it’s Ministry, specifically Al Jourgensen. After releasing what Al refers to as his most “embarrassing” album, With Sympathy, he turned his efforts 180 degrees and released an album that put him on the path towards the likes of Psalm 69 and The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste. While most of the Twitch material was recorded before his debut album, Al wasn’t able to reach an agreement to release those particular songs, due to the opposition of Artista Records. While the full overall quality of the album doesn’t hold up to other Ministry classics, it does one thing right: showing the true progression and development towards a masterpiece.

Twitch is full of dark, rich synths, and deep, dance-y EBM beats. To compare it to any of the other Ministry material would be a crime because it is a different breed in itself. Released in 1986, it was considered, at the time, to be a more danceable form of electronic music, but not that of the likes of his previous effort. The album opener showcases Al’s clean vocals perfectly with “Just Like You”. Its high pitched synths blend with EBM beats, best displaying the album's overall sound quality. The album itself progresses as time goes on, and towards the end it’s almost as if the music was developing into the Ministry we more commonly hear. For a slight moment in the third track, “All Day Remix”, we get tricked into hearing what could be a step backwards. A confusing amount of Al’s soft, lofty vocals have reappeared for this album, thankfully not met with another synthpop solo. With lighter drum programming and similar beats to the album opener, “All Day Remix” is easily the catchiest of the album's seven tracks. The album's closer, "Where You At Now?/ Crash & Burn/Twitch" is a 12 minute ode to future Ministry songs. Pounding drums, harsh vocals and noisy samples clearly show Al’s interest in moving Ministry towards a darker and more abrasive musical atmosphere.

Even though the sound of Twitch is a far-cry from what we’re normally accustomed to, the succession of the album eventually helped Al find his niche and solidify the memorable Ministry sound. Even though Al’s first two albums weren’t hugely successful, it seems (in this case) it’s better to build up to a magnum opus, and follow up with consistent material, than to come out guns blazing and leave everyone disappointed for years afterwards.



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Ovrot
June 1st 2011


13058 Comments


Oh Look!
Ministry

Digging: Seikima-II - From Hell with Love

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy hell it's Ministry!



Thanks to Wizard for actually saying I should review this, and to pizza for being my english teacher.

JesusV4
June 1st 2011


391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is one of the best pre-metal industrial albums out there.



pizzamachine
June 1st 2011


13476 Comments


I must listen to this.

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HeyZeus knows what he's talking about.

bloc
June 1st 2011


43540 Comments


Never liked this band

Digging: Venenum - Trance of Death

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You hate everything I like, we've established this.

bloc
June 1st 2011


43540 Comments


I just had to make sure you were clear on that ;)

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do you hate NIN too?

bloc
June 1st 2011


43540 Comments


They're good up until With Teeth.

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed. Idk if I should do Downward Spiral for my #50, it has too many 5 reviews.

bloc
June 1st 2011


43540 Comments


Oh? You wouldn't give it a 5?

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No I would and there is like six or seven 5 reviews already.

bloc
June 1st 2011


43540 Comments


Ah, by the way you wrote that last comment it made it seem like you weren't going to write a positive review for it.

Might as well write something unique for your 50th.

Wizard
June 1st 2011


20114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where was that line you wanted to use from me? Damn good review and I love this album.

Blindsided
June 1st 2011


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its like the end of the conclusion and thanks.

DatsNotDaMetulz
June 24th 2013


3351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Feel like the summary would've been better if you called it the Land of Tasting Minds and Sucking Eggs. But that's just my two cents.

CK
July 7th 2013


6104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sexy

JokineAugustus
July 7th 2013


8587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its good.

CK
July 7th 2013


6104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely not their best, yeah



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