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Golden Lies Import
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Veteran quartet The Meat Puppets are one of the trio of American bands who invented grunge before the term existed. Along with Minneapolis's Husker D| and The Replacements, they gestated the combination of tuneful metal and lyrical angst that would be turned into an immensely lucrative musical revolution by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, et al: Nirvana acknowledged as much by covering three Meat Puppets songs on their MTV Unplugged album. Since that recording, The Meat Puppets have enjoyed something of a career resurgence. Golden Lies, like other recent efforts, is not noticeably different from anything they produced in heroic obscurity on the SST label in the 1980s, but will undoubtedly reach a wider audience. Though it generally pales in comparison to anything by the bands they inspired, the breezily gorgeous up-tempo country ballad "I Quit" hints at a direction that The Meat Puppets could profitably pursue as they totter into their forties. --Andrew Mueller
Top Customer Reviews
"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.
1. Intro - This track is very short, just full of interesting sounds, sampled from "Yelli", the music of the Baka Forest People of Southeast Cameroon. A very short track, probably not one you will be listening to very often.
2. Armed and Stupid - This is the first single off Golden Lies, and it does not quite fit with the rest of the CD (just like "The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem, for instance...but I'm obviously not making a musical comparison). Between verses and choruses, it sounds very hard, in fact, you could almost mistake it for some rap metal outfit, but once Curt starts singing, it all changes. A good track, but I became tired of this track within less than a week; this surely is not the best song on the album.
3. I Quit - A somewhat sadder song, this song sounds dark, but not that heavy. You can easily hear that Curt is older, and has been through a lot more. The guitar is reminiscent of earlier Puppets music. Quite a good track.
4. Lamp - Another dark song with a somewhat monotonous, but fitting melody, with "jangly" guitars.
5. Hercules - One of the more humorous songs on the album. He's just speaking/"rapping" (I'd never say that Curt Kirkwood truly raps)...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The album is adventurous and different from any other Meat Puppets album. But you could pretty much say the same thing about any Meat Puppets album. Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by Daniel Alward
For me, this is the Meat Puppet's best effort since leaving SST, slightly edging out Too High To Die. Read morePublished on April 8 2002 by Pen Name?
i know about the predictament that chris is in and i know that the band is only called the Meat Puppets because they owe more records under the name Meat Puppets but if you choose... Read morePublished on Dec 25 2001
I'm really tired of hearing all the old-school Mup's fans dragging this album through the mud. Oh sure, it's different. Even 'slickly produced', if you had to. But... Read morePublished on July 13 2001 by Marc (with a 'c')
I have read reviews that are negative about this CD because Bostrum and brother Kirkwood are no longer in the band, reviews that claim it is not the 'real' Meat Puppets. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000 by will mccord
i have been as big a meat puppets fan as anybody for as long as i can remember, but i can't stomach this album. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by Kepros
I have been as big a meat puppets fan as anybody for as long as I can remember, but i can't stomach this album. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by Kepros
I originally started to follow the Meat Puppets when I first heard the song "We Don't Exist" off of the Too High To Die album. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2000 by Brian Cowan