Album Rating: 4.0
Just came around to listen to this. Like Milking the Stars it's a scattershot, more psych-heavy reimagining of the original album. However the structure, the tone and the overall vibe is so different that it pretty much functions as an entirely new project.
Right now I feel that Cobars and Fire is stronger than Milking probably due to the bigger focus on the groovy, disorted riffing, rather than the acoustic renderings. The second half is especially strong, When The Planes Fall From The Sky, Ball of Confusion, and the closer are major stoner epics.
With this, Milking and Last Patrol I can safely say that Monster Magnet is in their trippiest musical period since the 90's. Hope they keep this level of quality up in their future releases.
Album Rating: 3.0
Such a refreshing take on Mastermind. This and Milking the Stars capture perfectly a weird, trippy-hippie 60's vibe. This specifically, i think i prefer it over the original album that spawned it.
It would be so rad if they stopped recording new material altogether for the sake of re-imagining their entire catalog. I would be perfectly fine by that.