The Last Sucker

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The Last Sucker
Studio album by Ministry
Released September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Recorded May 2007 at 13th Planet Studios, El Paso, Texas
Genre Industrial metal, thrash metal
Length 55:58
Label 13th Planet
Producer Al Jourgensen, Dave Donnelly
Ministry chronology
Rio Grande Dub
(2007)
The Last Sucker
(2007)
Cover Up
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[2]
AbsolutePunk.net 87%[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10[5]
Los Angeles Times favorable[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[7]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[8]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 6/10[10]
Stylus B+[11]

The Last Sucker is the eleventh studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2007 through 13th Planet Records. For three years until their reformation in 2011, it was the band's last studio album featuring new material.

The album is the 3rd and final part of the band's anti-George W. Bush trilogy, preceded by 2004's Houses of the Molé and 2006's Rio Grande Blood.[12]

Overview[edit]

Jourgensen told Billboard that he had "...other things to do. I just started a label (13th Planet Records), and I want to sign some bands and really build it up like I did with WaxTrax in the '80s, not just a vanity label. I think it's time, and I'll be leaving on the top of my game instead of hanging on too long and doing crappy Aerosmith and Rolling Stones albums thirty years later."

"That seems to be my muse; everyone seems to think I write real shitty music when a Democrat's in office. So we'll do that one, and then me and George (W.) Bush go riding off hand-in-hand, into the sunset."

Fear Factory frontman Burton C. Bell recorded some guest vocals for the album.[13]

On July 17, 2007, a promotional copy of the album was leaked on the internet. A week earlier lyrics and full credits for the album were released by SureShotWorx on their official website.

A Best Buy exclusive version of the CD contains remixes of "Watch Yourself" and "The Last Sucker."

The final track, "End of Days Part Two", contains a lengthy sample from 34th President of the United States Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address, warning about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex". The end of the song also features a quiet sample of "O Fortuna" in the background. The same music was sampled at the beginning of the first album in the Bush Trilogy, Houses of the Molé.

Cover art[edit]

The limited edition digipack has an image of George W. Bush's face that morphs into a lizard creature's face and back when turned. The image is on a card that can be removed from the digipack.

The inner cover art contains a parody of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, with Jourgensen in the center of the table and figures from the Bush administration around him; Bush himself is drawn in Philip the Apostle's place.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let's Go" - 4:53 (Jourgensen, Quirin)
  2. "Watch Yourself" - 5:29 (Jourgensen, Raven)
  3. "Life Is Good" - 4:15 (Jourgensen, Quirin)
  4. "The Dick Song" - 5:50 (Jourgensen, Quirin)
  5. "The Last Sucker" - 5:59 (Jourgensen, Victor)
  6. "No Glory" - 3:42 (Jourgensen, Victor)
  7. "Death & Destruction" - 3:31 (Jourgensen, Quirin)
  8. "Roadhouse Blues" - 4:26 (Morrison, Krieger, Manzarek, Densmore) (The Doors cover)
  9. "Die in a Crash" - 4:03 (Jourgensen, Victor, Bell)
  10. "End of Days (Part 1)" - 3:22 (Jourgensen, Victor, Raven, Bell)
  11. "End of Days (Part 2)" - 10:25 (Jourgensen, Victor, Raven, Bell)

Bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Watch Yourself (The End is Here)" - 4:30 (found on Best Buy versions at track #23)
  • "The Last Sucker (Remix)" - 3:44 (found on Best Buy versions at track #69)
  • "Die in a Crash (Remix)" - 5:22 (iTunes exclusive)
  • "No Glory (Remix)" - 4:49 (Napster only download)
  • "Death & Destruction (Remix)" - 5:09 (Japan bonus track)

Personnel[edit]

Ministry[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Burton C. Bell - vox (9-11)
  • Josh Bradford - add. b/g vox (11)
  • Angie Jay - add. b/g vox (11)
  • Kevin Spence - add. b/g vox (11)
  • Erin Braswell - add. b/g vox (11)
  • Casey Chaos - intro vox (8)
  • Dave Donnelly - production, mastering
  • John Bilberry - engineer, drum programming[14]
  • Lawton Outlaw - art direction, design, layout

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[15] 95
The Billboard 200[16] 130
Hard Rock Albums[16] 17
Independent Albums[16] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for The Last Sucker". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  2. ^ Hanson, Eric. "Ministry - The Last Sucker Review". About.com. 
  3. ^ OKComputer1016 (2008-04-28). "Ministry - The Last Sucker - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. 
  4. ^ Jeffries, David. "The Last Sucker - Ministry". Allmusic. 
  5. ^ Bergman, Keith. "CD Reviews (Ministry, The Last Sucker)". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  6. ^ Burk, Greg (2007-09-25). "Country boy in the big city (Quick Spins: Ministry, The Last Sucker)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  7. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (2008-03-17). "Ministry: The Last Sucker". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2012-11-10. 
  8. ^ Friedman, Lou (2007-09-20). "Ministry: The Last Sucker". PopMatters. 
  9. ^ The Skinny Review[dead link]
  10. ^ Buhrmester, Jason (2007-10-12). "Ministry, 'The Last Sucker' (13th Planet/Megaforce)". Spin. 
  11. ^ Lee, Cosmo (2007-09-25). "Ministry - The Last Sucker - Review". Stylus. 
  12. ^ Gary Graff (May 26, 2006). "Ministry Plots Final Disc". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-02-24. 
  13. ^ News Archive (March 4, 2007). "Fear Factory Frontman To Guest On New Ministry Album". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  14. ^ "SureShotWorx". Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  15. ^ "German chart positions" (in German). musicline.de. 
  16. ^ a b c "The Last Sucker - Ministry". Billboard. 

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