Vinyl version, includes download card! Hard driving riff rock, Meat Puppets style. "Huevos" was recorded in four days and released less than six months after "Mirage". But where that album was spacey and lush, "Huevos" is rough and spontaneous.
By their fourth album (1987), the Phoenix trio had turned into a full-fledged roots-rock band, leaving their old hard-core peers far behind and instead occupying the territory more commonly associated with the full-on boogie of ZZ Top
or the Grateful Dead
's wanton self-indulgence. Of course, you still had Curt Kirkwood's innate feel for the desert coming through on songs such as the rollicking "Look at the Rain" and the plangent "Crazy." Listening to the heat-evocative "Sexy Music," you can hear the Meat Puppets' influence on 1998's generation of alt-country rockers, from Mike Ireland and Holler
to the Pernice Brothers
and upwards. Only occasionally do the trio degenerate into their old warped style (the bonus track "I Can't Be Counted On"); mostly they play it straight. Includes five unreleased bonus tracks. --Everett True