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  • Audio CD (March 17 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000001FHV
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Violet Eyes
2. Never To Be Found
3. We Don't Exist
4. Severed Goddess Hand
5. Flaming Heart
6. Shine
7. Station
8. Roof With A Hole
9. Backwater
10. Things
11. Why?
12. Evil Love
13. Comin' Down

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Meat Puppets ~ Too High To Die

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Too High To Die would be the most successful album that the Meat Puppets would release. Before this, they had released several strong albums but only had a small but loyal following. The members of Nirvana were part of this following and they had the Meat Puppets open for them on their last tour and also featured the band and their music on their MTV Unplugged special. This finally gave the Meat Puppets some long overdue exposure as radio and MTV finally started playing their music.
It remains a mystery how Too High To Die didn't become a huge success. The music presented here fit right in with the alternative and acoustic rock that was popular in the mid-90's. Although the track "Backwater" would become a minor hit single, several other tracks such as the acoustic ballads "Shine" and "Why?" could have also been hits if marketed correctly. The electicism of their earlier albums is on full display here. Whether it's the heavy riffing of "Violet Eyes" and "We Don't Exist", the great melodic alternative tracks "Severed Goddess Hand" and "Flaming Heart", the country of "Comin' Down", or the blues-rock of "Roof With A Hole", everything here is top notch. Other great tracks here include "Things", "Evil Love", and "Never To Be Found." There's also an unlisted remake of their song "Lake Of Fire", which was popularized by Nirvana on MTV Unplugged, at the end of the album. Simply a great album. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on Nov. 15 1998
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"Too High to Die" isn't the best Meat Puppets album (that award goes to the 1985 masterpiece "Up on the Sun") but this is as close as they've gotten. This much-overlooked Tucson-based trio has outlasted practically every early-post-punk band that sprung up in the early 80s. And they've done so by consistently delivering on their country-psychedlic-folk-punk brand of irresistable songcraft. About every other Puppets release is a fringe disappointment, but they always return to the fore with their next release. This is one of those return-to-the-fore CDs. On "Too High," Curt Kirwood's singing has never been stronger and is now holds a solid attachment to the band's musical chops. The songs are tight but still explode with a transcendent, soaring brilliance. Combines the meaty strength of "Monsters" with the thoughtfulness of "Forbidden Places" and easily ranks as one of the best rock albums of the decade, and among the finest dozen or so ever made. That's No Joke, for real.
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By "kaluahjeff" on Jan. 26 2004
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While i enjoy the 90's alternative/rock music scene and bands like the Meat Puppets, this album left me somewhat empty after hearing it (and not just once too). The Meat Puppets have a tremendous amount of talent but just wasn't able to showcase it on Too High to Die. The album is probably good enough from the aspect of worth buying for a few songs, especially of course "Backwater" which is their best song and their hit from 1994, and a song that i believe is one of the most significant songs from the 90's rock genre. The other songs on this album were too rough and very much predictable throughout. It just didn't keep me interested enough to keep it in my cd changer. With the exception of "Backwater", perhaps Too High to Die is an acquired sound.
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Aside from a few songs that seem to be there as filler... this is the best of the later Mup's period. And, contrary to popular belief, there is more to this record than just "Backwater". Nothing wrong with that song, either... but one listen to "Things" or "Severed Goddess Hand", and the true charcter of this desperate longing album will come out and smack ya in the nose. Presuming that you want to be smacked in the nose, that is. And why wouldn't you? Because it hurts... that's why. But, the nice country groove of "Comin Down" will cradle you in it's arms and make it all better, I promise. Oh... and let's not forget the extra track... the kickin' reworking of "Lake Of Fire"... with listenable vocals!!!
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By Ronald Battista on Feb. 2 2002
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This band has not clicked with me yet. Ive tried twice, once with "Meat Puppets II" and this thing. "Backwater" is a great, if perhaps nonsensical pop hit, theres a few other listenable things here, but anyone that thinks this is one of the best albums of the nineties needs to put the bong down. As far as I can tell, this band is overrated. I hated MPII as well. Both just lack verve and replayablilty, you have no idea what the heck theyre singing about, and the music is too lackluster to make up for the weird lyrics. Now I have heard bits of their first record, and that sounds like fun, but this is not that band. Sometimes, its best that punk bands dont learn to play their instruments. The Meat Puppets are evidence of that.
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Strong sets of musicianship and songwriting makes this my favorite Puppet album after the big two [MP II and Up on the Sun]. These are certainly as tuneful a set of songs as the Puppets have ever recorded.
They've never really gotten the recognition they deserved and while they've made a few spotty albums this isn't one of them. From Violet Eyes to the excellent Severed Goddess Hand most of the songs here are excellent and have held up well over the last few years.
"Too High to Die" doesn't quite achieve the heights of II and Up on the Sun, but that's not a criticism. Few albums from any artists hold up well in comparasion with those two albums.
This is a great album and one of the best alternative albums of the '90s.
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