Meat Puppets II has become known as the first album ever released where the laid back genre of country music met the intensity of punk music. While some may argue that Jason & The Scorchers did this first, the Meat Puppets' music was more ragged and in the punk tradition than the Scorchers were. This album was largely an underground phenomenon for many years. It was only after Nirvana covered the three best tracks here, "Lake Of Fire", "Plateau", and "Oh, Me" on their Unplugged album, when this album began to get the credit it deserves.
In addition to the tracks already mentioned, other excellent tracks include the more traditional country of "Lost" and "Climbing", the intense tracks "New Gods" and "Split Myself In Two", and the instrumentals, "Aurora Boralis", "I'm A Mindless Idiot", and the killer but short country-punk of "Magic Toy Missing." The album now also contains 7 bonus tracks. However, unlike most bonus tracks, most of these are among the album's finest songs. The instrumental "I'm Not Here" is similar in style to "Magic Toy Missing" while the instrumental version of "New Gods" is more ragged and intense than the original. The slow country of "What To Do" and the chaotic turned somber "Teenager(s)" are also great tracks. One thing to mention is that while the music here is top notch, the vocals on many of the tracks, particularly the bonus tracks, are way off key, which takes a little getting used to if you're a new fan or only know them for Too High To Die. Having said that, there are so many top notch tracks here, it's hard to give this less than 5 stars. Highly recommended.