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Rat Farm by Meat Puppets

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Reviewed on 28th March 2013.

 
 

Rat Farm

By Meat Puppets

This is the Meat Puppets 14th studio album, and is an acoustic-heavy return to form. A third Kirkwood (Curt's son Elmo) has joined on guitar, giving that extra layer, not that Curt's amazingly complicated guitar sound needed a back up. It's primarily a stripped-back folk album, with the odd surge into psychedelic solos whilst passing by the cow punk fields that they were raised on, and dipping their toes into blues rock. There's other genres skipped by too, the title tracks jump into ska with a driving guitar chorus, heard a couple of times on the album. 'Down' is more how you would recognise the Meat Puppets and their alternative country punk, as is the slower 'Again' and 'Sometimes Blue'. There's a Spanish theme running through the sounds of 'Waiting', and the harmonised vocals also a regular thing with the band are abundant in the rocky blues track 'Time And Money'. Standout tunes are 'Down', 'Time and Money' and 'Sweet'. Here's an album showing the Kirkwoods still have a lot more to give.

 

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On 29th March 2013 at 03:24 Anonymous 13908 wrote...

Cool review and really looking forward to Rat Farm!But Elmo isn't on the album, he just plays at the live shows. Rat Farm is Curt, Cris and Shandon, just like Lollipop was.

 
 
 

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