Pop Matters' Ben Schumer's attempts to give the much-maligned 1994 album a critical face lift. Unfortunately, Schumer seems a lot more concerned with nostalgia and fawning over the record than he is with objectivity, and may fail to change minds regarding Monster's bargain bin/punch line status.
On a personal note, Schumer's piece did prompt us to re-listen to the album. Upon a couple of spins we immediately remembered why it is one of a handful of discs we actually returned to a record store shortly after purchasing it: Monster isn't the train wreck it's been purported to be over the years; it just sucks. Period.