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5.0 out of 5 stars Pales into comparison???!!, 26 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Golden Lies (Audio CD)
Reading the Amazon review what on earth do they mean "pales into comparison to the bands they inspired???!!".
Well let me make a very important CORRECTION! Which came first, the chicken or the egg??, eh? Are we talking about Nirvana, Mudhoney, STPs or any of the other plagiarists who heard greatness(Meat Puppets) and tried miserably to take it on. Lets get one thing straight, Nirvana are a one trick pony who were a media/NME creation that sadly lacked the depth in imagination or sonics of the Mighty Meats.
Make no mistake my dears this is division one, the rest of "the bands they inspired" are mostly division two and that includes Cobain's overrated racket. They "pale into comparison" when up against this, is what they meant to say, dyslexia forgiven!!
Listen to this record or any of their others and you will see who the masters are indeed. Bare with me now!
The opening bars of Armed And Stupid would have Cobain turning in his grave with envy. Yeah this is the way to do it as layers of superlative guitars come at you and you are swept off your feet like a tornado would and throws you down in a torrence of explosive energy.
This band shouldve been HUGE as they released Forbidden Places but got caught up in the false zeitgeist that threw up Nevermind to the gullible teenies who still dont know their head from a hole.
I was so hooked on FP that i forgot to listen to that "other record" and quite frankly still dont care for it much as when you've heard the Real Thing everything else "pales into comparison, remember!".
In the immortal words of Jimi, "If 6 was 9?!" things wouldve turned out a lot different indeed.
This is a new line up as brother Chris and Derrick are gone but Curt Kirkwood has assembled members of Pariah, fellow desert rockers and produced some of his best work.
The sound is so complete and songs like I Quit stay in your head forever as he sings "dont believe in humanity, think they got the best of me. I believe in carpentry, gonna build a galaxy!".
Take Off Your Clothes storms in with some more killer metallic riffs, probably the heaviest song they've written in a while.
Endless Wave really captures the essence of Curt's songwriting as it reaches new levels of excellence on this one and it grows and grows and becomes part of your life.
Pieces Of Me is my favourite song here and deals with alien abductions. You can really empathize with the feeling of being completely lost yet knowing who you once were and not being able to get back, if only in pieces!!
Tarantula offers up more surrealism in "carnival barking pumpkins!" as they surge ahead with more hidden jewels.
The thing that does it for me about the Meats is the sound of the words fused with the most glorious sonic landscapes you will ever hear, nothing makes any sense as everything feels like its melting away into a stream of consciousness that defies dimension. Its as if this is the sound of life turned inside out!
There is no life, there is no death, only a continuous journey of enlightenment and experience that brings us all closer to God.
If you want proof of life after death embrace this amazing band. They will take you to forbidden places!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning album from this thoroughly under-appreciated band, 15 Jan. 2001
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This review is from: Golden Lies (Audio CD)
After a traumatic few years, the Meat Puppets are back with a new line-up (Curt Kirkwood is the only original member left) and their first album since 1995's "No Joke".
The Meat Puppets' classic sound which won them so much acclaim in the 1980's is still very much evident on this album, especially on tracks like "Tarantula" but they have continued the move they made in "No Joke" towards a more polished, melodic and (dare I say it) mainstream sound. There are some absolute gems on this album, especially "Endless Wave", which is maybe the most beautiful song Curt Kirkwood has ever written.
In Golden Lies, the Meat Puppets have created a much more accessable album without sacrificing any of the integrity and musical genius that won them such respect in the first decade of their career. The lyrics have a simple, absurd beauty and the music is intelligent and really gets under your skin.
Any discerning music fan should have a Meat Puppets album in their collection and Golden Lies is probably the best place to start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one of the best albums that they have produced, 16 Nov. 2000
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golden lines is a very good album. All of the tracks if at first you don't like they will soon grow on you. i am not a big fan of the meat puppets, but when i heard this album it made me wanna listen to some of there early work. i think that this is a good album to buy as a first of there work
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