on 2 July 2004
A more straight-forward rock sound for the Puppets on this one, but still full of the slightly dazed Arizona-desert-folk-punk-pop that made this band one of the most original fringe bands of the late eighties and early nineties. Standout tracks include "Violet Eyes", "Severed Goddess Hand" and the wonderfully acoustic ho-dunk bluegrassy "Shine". If you're in the mood for one of those long, dusty summer drives through the desert, even if only in the imagination, then check this CD out.
on 25 March 2008
Ive been a longstanding Meat Puppets fan since 1991 when amidst all the Nirvana hype i heard Sam come blasting out of their Forbidden Places album and it changed my life forever!
This band are criminally underrated or whenever they are its always in conjunction with Nirvana, which is a shame as they are far superior in sound and innovation. Quite frankly they bury Nirvana!
Why? Well shut up and listen to this record and NOT the prejudicial journos who wouldnt know a work of art from a fart. FOAD, you morons.
From opener Violet Eyes its obvious who the masters are. The guitars are so deliciously sliced with thee most gorgeous voice that is Curt (not Cobain!) Kirkwood. That voice alone caused me to fall in love with this band. He's from another world man and knows all the secrets of the universe as is evident in their lyrics.
Never To Be Found has thee best ever riff ive ever heard still to this day bands would kill for it. Yeah its that good! A delicious slice of nirvana(no, not that one!).
We Dont Exist just disappears into another wormhole sooner than it appears.It shows you why this band are ssso good at what they do best, and thats being ahead of the rest. The sheer virtuosity of the guitars as they swirl around that trademark drum and bass shifting between spacetime/timespace. This is sssso good it makes me wanna disappear!
Severed Goddess Hand has a very nostalgic feel to it as Kurt seduces you with that soothing voice of his. Its pure therapy.
Flaming Heart is another piece of pure pop heaven with more infectious words that make no sense to the untrained ear, but to the enlightened its psychedelia at its best and like so much of what they do, its the sound of the words that matters, not just their meaning.
Backwater was their 'hit single' but quite frankly is the least inspiring song here compared to the above.
Why is such a great ballad that i could spin forever which is typical of all their songs really. You just dont want it to end and when it does you spin the next record. I have them all, so there!!
Evil Love gets my vote for some incredible words, just sample these; "Last night i dreamed of a boat that floated on its back all day, in the middle of a song about trees that are scared of the dark!". Superb tune.
Most people who dont know the band are familiar with Lake Of Fire as (must i mention them again?) Nirvana covered a few of their songs including this.
Well as you know, i dont really care for (i wont mention their name again) and this is a rework of the song that appeared on MPII.
Indeed Cobain was so obsessed with Meat Puppets he felt the urge to educate the teenies as to where he was coming from but somehow that msg was lost in the zeitgeist and rock stardom which destroyed him. Shouldve taken the Puppets advice and got on with writing great songs and not pandered to the media and tried to be a 'rock star'.
There you have it. Meat Puppets, the greatest band that no one knows and thats just the way i love em. More would be less!
on 9 July 2002
I bought 'Too High To Die' after seeing the Meat Puppets appear on MTV's Nirvana Unplugged programme. The album doesn't really live up to expectations with most of the songs being distinctly average, apart from the three highlights, namely the songs "Lake Of Fire" (which is 'hidden' at the end), "Roof With A Hole" and "Backwater". Much of the album has a bluesy feel to it with lots of fancy guitar work. The guys obviously know how to handle a guitar but overall I still feel a bit disappointed.