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Monsters

Meat Puppets Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Attacked By Monsters
2. Light
3. Meltdown
4. In Love
5. The Void
6. Touchdown King
7. Party Till The World Obeys
8. Flight Of The Fire Weasel
9. Strings On Your Heart
10. Like Being Alive
11. Wish Upon A Storm
12. Flight Of The Fire Weasel (Pt. 1)
13. Flight Of The Fire Weasel (Pt. 2)

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The last Meat Puppets album of the eighties was also their last one for an independent label. It wasn't long after the Fall 1989 release of "Monsters" that the Meat Puppets were off and running for newer and bigger things! For this reissue, three tracks have been added, filling out the album's running time to almost an hour. Along with two completely different versions of "Flight of the Fire Weasel," also included is a recently discovered never before heard tune, "Wish Upon a Storm." Recorded during the demos for "Monsters" but inexplicably left off the final album, it has been newly remixed for this edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars PUPPETS AS USUAL Dec 21 2009
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoyed the music on this CD. To me, it was "classic" puppets. Just GREAT!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth It For "Touchdown King" Sept. 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
Monsters was probably the low point for the Meat Puppets in their original incarnation (in other words, not counting Golden Lies, which I have never heard). They were probably reacting to the times, which were really a depressing middle ground between the great post-punk explosion of the mid-80's -- which might be the pinnacle of post-60's rock music and of which they were a leading force -- and the emergence of Nirvana a year after this album. As a result this album abandons the sharp kick of their mid-80's releases and resorts to heavy rock with heavy production to match. The songs are all good, but not what you would expect after classics like "Split Myself in Two," "Plateau," and "Swimming Ground." And the pop brilliance that would reemerge on Forbidden Places and Too High to Die is mostly lost in the heavy mix.
The highlight is clearly "Touchdown King," which recalls the more melodic and brighter material of Up on the Sun. By stretching out this song with some guitar solos, they really do sound like the Grateful Dead of Punk, which I have heard them called.
It's still well worth owning but only after you've gotten their best albums which are, in order, Meat Puppets II, Up on the Sun and Too High to Die along with the mid-level albums Huevos, Mirage and Forbidden Places, which are also superior to this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the Mup's most dull offering. July 6 2001
Format:Audio CD
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but this record just sounds dull and uninspired. The sound here is based around cheesy outdated 80's metal for the most part. Just awful production with no real push to it... I just seriously dislike this record. The lyrics sound boring and forced, which just doesn't feel like Curt Kirkwood's style to me. I'm all about growing as an artist, but this record should have been out of print long ago.
There are a few somewhat redeeming monets, though. "Light" is a pleasant enough song, and "Touchdown King" is a fine example of their mid-period sound at it's best. "Party Till The World Obeys" is *almost* a really good song... but the lackluster production turns it into a boring thud. The best bet on this record is the acoustic "Like Being Alive"... even though that would have been the weak link on any previous album.
Some swear by this record... I just swear *at* it for being such a wasted oppurtunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Likable, but still, weird Oct. 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
After being dissapointed by a Meat Puppets concert, I went and listened to Meat Puppets "Monsters" to make sure that I still enjoyed them. "Monsters" is a mix of psycadellia and punk. The first song "Attacked by Monsters" is by far the best, with a great chorus, and great guitar work. The songs "Light" an "In Love" sound alike, but they are still great. Also is a very Alice In Chains like song "The Void" and the 70's guitar driven instrumental "Flight of the Weasel". Over all, although I think the band new line-up and music is really bad, "Monsters" is still good.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone... Oct. 19 2009
By dtm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let me just start off by saying this is one of my favorite Meat Puppets records.I am aware of fact that this is NOT considered in the top tier of their studio efforts, and there are really good reasons for this. One of the main reasons is that it was recorded one part at a time, layering solos over drum-machines one by one. This does detract from the experiance- the Puppets are always best recording as if playing live, which gives a more organic sound, both stylistically and acoustically.

There are other problems too, mainly that drum machine which dates this record badly. The great thing about albums like "Up On The Sun" is that they sound so organic and original that years later (many years later) they still sound cutting edge. This record does NOT sound cutting edge, but its still one hell of a record and its important to remember that the Meat Puppets were one of the bands pioneering the alt-rock sound that would (a few years later) dominate the radio.

The sound here is heavy, and reminds me alot of early Alice In Chains to be honest, but what puts this over any Chains record I own is the guitar work. Its simply outstanding, the soaring solo's provided by Curt Kirkwood own this record. They also make the biggest statment about his playing- if you have any doubts about Curt Kirkwood as an outstanding axeman- look no further than this record. There are also some great jams here, more than a few of the tracks are stretched out beyond the six minute mark and there is an all instumental "Flight Of The Fire Weasel" that will have you playing air-guitar in no time. One of the best workouts on this album is the jam on the end of "Touchdown King".

I like the production alot, its crisp and clear and I dont mind that it sounds so much like a studio recording - because you already know that due to the reverb of the drum machine- so it works. The guitars always seem in the distance as if in their own little world, alot like Larry LaLonde's work on Primus' albums. Again, I like it, it gives a ambient psychadelic quality.

This is another side of the Meat Puppets. Its hard hitting and self-indulgent for sure. Thats the thing about these guys though, you got somthing different on each record. You might love them all as I do, or maybe some of them dont quite work for you.......but they are all worth a listen. Just another facet of a truly unique band. For me this one works in particular- and what does it is the swirling psychadelic guitar noise, but thats not everybody's cup of tea. What is certain though is that if you are a Meat Puppets fan, you have gotten pretty good looking past their flaws to appreciate the genius. This one is no exception.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The heavy tunes don't really suit them Aug. 13 2004
By John Alapick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Monsters was the Meat Puppets' last album for independent record label SST records before going to a major label for their next album Forbidden Places. Up until this point in their career, the band's sound was becoming very diverse, combining country, punk, blues-rock, and psychedelia into their own unique sound. With Monsters, the band went into a heavier direction and while many of the songs here are good, the album overall doesn't have the staying power of their earlier releases Up On The Sun and Meat Puppets II or their breakthough album Too High To Die.

Many of the tracks here such as "Attacked By Monsters", "The Void", and the haphazard instrumental "Flight of the Fire Weasel" all feature wicked riffs and are among the heaviest songs they've ever recorded. But while these songs are decent and feature wild guitar work from Curt Kirkwood, it's the more melodic material that works best here. The tracks "In Love", "Light", and especially "Touchdown King" are all great songs which combine Kirkwood's guitar work with memorable melodies. Other tracks such as "Meltdown" and the dreamy closer "Like Being Alive" are decent as well. The tracks "Strings on Your Heart" and "Party Til the World Obeys" are unmemorable which is surprising considering the consistently strong material that usually comprises their albums. While this album is decent, they've released much better albums than this and only "Touchdown King" is among their best work.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong album Nov. 5 2004
By Daniel Vaccaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The album which most embodies Nirvana's sound, is a really good piece of work. Although they made a bad desicion and put electric drums on the album,(which really gives it its 80's sound) it still manages to work,despite the fact it didn't work for alot of bands. The album is really good when you're hanging out in your basement on a rainy day, or night. Overall it's a pretty "peppy" album, so it won't bring you down; it's happy, and all of its listenable, which is very contrary to their earlier stuff. In my opinion the first album on their way to greatness.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth It For "Touchdown King" Sept. 11 2002
By J. Bernbach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Monsters was probably the low point for the Meat Puppets in their original incarnation (in other words, not counting Golden Lies, which I have never heard). They were probably reacting to the times, which were really a depressing middle ground between the great post-punk explosion of the mid-80's -- which might be the pinnacle of post-60's rock music and of which they were a leading force -- and the emergence of Nirvana a year after this album. As a result this album abandons the sharp kick of their mid-80's releases and resorts to heavy rock with heavy production to match. The songs are all good, but not what you would expect after classics like "Split Myself in Two," "Plateau," and "Swimming Ground." And the pop brilliance that would reemerge on Forbidden Places and Too High to Die is mostly lost in the heavy mix.
The highlight is clearly "Touchdown King," which recalls the more melodic and brighter material of Up on the Sun. By stretching out this song with some guitar solos, they really do sound like the Grateful Dead of Punk, which I have heard them called.
It's still well worth owning but only after you've gotten their best albums which are, in order, Meat Puppets II, Up on the Sun and Too High to Die along with the mid-level albums Huevos, Mirage and Forbidden Places, which are also superior to this one.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Likable, but still, weird Oct. 7 2000
By Karlito Brigante - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After being dissapointed by a Meat Puppets concert, I went and listened to Meat Puppets "Monsters" to make sure that I still enjoyed them. "Monsters" is a mix of psycadellia and punk. The first song "Attacked by Monsters" is by far the best, with a great chorus, and great guitar work. The songs "Light" an "In Love" sound alike, but they are still great. Also is a very Alice In Chains like song "The Void" and the 70's guitar driven instrumental "Flight of the Weasel". Over all, although I think the band new line-up and music is really bad, "Monsters" is still good.
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