The return of the legendary guitar hero, Curt Kirkwood, to the recording studio is marked by the fine release "Golden Lies". This effort is a variation of the original Meat Puppets lineup, without bassist Cris Kirkwood or percussionist Derrick Bostrum, but a quartet, including guitarist Kyle Elison.
"Golden Lies" showcases Curt's outstanding songwriting ability, and is a certain improvement over 1995's "No Joke". Sounds range from hard driving riffs, as on "Armed and Stupid", to sweetly soaring melodic tracks, such as "Lamp" and "Endless Wave". "Tarantula" may be the finest cut on the CD; a very appealing timing with superb drumming, which is accented by haunting guitar leads. The new Meat Puppets even venture into the world of rap, demonstrating continued mastery of a plethora of music styles.
This CD is a must buy for Meatheads, as well as for those unfamiliar with the material of the now classic 1980's heyday of the Meat Puppets.