Album #530 – Meat Puppets II
The Meat Puppets second album features a more country punk or cowpunk sound with a hard edge. It is clear that this band has punk roots but I appreciate the fact that they decided to broaden their sound. I had no idea before listening to Meat Puppets II that they were pioneers of cowpunk. I always associated them with harder edge punk due to their connection with Nirvana. Cris and Curt Kirkwood appeared on Nirvana’s Unplugged album and performance, doing three of this album’s tracks (Oh, Me, Plateau and Lake of Fire) with Kurt Cobain and the rest of the band. That was where I first heard of the group. It is also clear where their influence on Nirvana lies. The Kurtwood brothers alternate on vocals, with all the tracks being written by Curt, the band’s guitarist. Cris played bass. The drummer Derrick Bostrom remained with the group until 1996, when they went their separate ways. The Meat Puppets have reformed and now tour and release music with out original drummer Bostrom. Thanks in part to the attention they got from Nirvana, the Meat Puppets would have an modern rock radio hit with Backwater in 1994. But, their brand of rock has clearly left a mark. Not only Nirvana but, Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement all count the Meat Puppets as influence. Other highlights include: Split Myself In Two, Lost, Aurora Borealis (instrumental), We’re Here, I’m A Mindless Idiot (instrumental) and The Whistling Song. Overall, I give Meat Puppets II, 4.5 out of 5.
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