Golden Lies

Golden Lies

by Meat Puppets
     
 

The six-year interval between Meat Puppets albums, and the upheaval the band have experienced therein, has added a flinty edge to their familiar, beatifically baked noodlings. For anyone following the saga of the Kirkwood brothers -- Curt Kirkwood is the only remaining original member -- there's plenty of older-but-wiser lyrical cud to chew upon on Golden Lies.See more details below

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The six-year interval between Meat Puppets albums, and the upheaval the band have experienced therein, has added a flinty edge to their familiar, beatifically baked noodlings. For anyone following the saga of the Kirkwood brothers -- Curt Kirkwood is the only remaining original member -- there's plenty of older-but-wiser lyrical cud to chew upon on Golden Lies. "I Quit" and "Take off Your Clothes" in particular allude to Cris Kirkwood's much-documented heroin addiction, but the revitalized, full-tilt guitar bombast on many of these songs is the more noteworthy development. Curt's sun-dazed melodies now have a stadium-rock stomp, courtesy of Shandon Sahm (son of Texan guitarist Doug), Kyle Ellison (both ex-Pariah), and former Bob Mould bassist Andrew Deplantis -- this is a record for headbangers and flower children alike. Vintage moments of the Pup's dippy genius bust out among the power chords: When Curt goes swirling off into guitar-solo stratospheres on "Wipe Out" and "You Love Me," fans of six-string strength, from ZZ Top and Kyuss to Pavement, will be more than pleased. For anyone who treasures Meat Puppets II or Up on the Sun (the latter easily among the five or ten best rock albums of the '80s), there's enough soul and fire on Golden Lies to merit its status on the same shelf.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
With all the turmoil and tragedy surrounding his family, it's no wonder Meat Puppets leader Curt Kirkwood fled Arizona to make a fresh start in Austin, TX. Breaking with the past, Kirkwood assembled a new quartet version of the Meat Puppets, featuring two former members of the Austin band Pariah. As presented on Golden Lies, the new Puppets are a surprisingly heavy, hard-rocking outfit, turning in one of the loudest records in the group's catalog. It's also one of the best-produced, boasting a thick, full, shiny sound. Some of the quirkier, more freewheeling edges of the old Puppets have been sanded off -- there's very little of Kirkwood's vaunted country influence here, and the record sometimes feels a little too uniform when the inevitable comparisons to the Pups of yesteryear are made. But really, many individual moments work very well, and it's encouraging to hear Kirkwood returning to form. Songs like "I Quit," "You Love Me," and "Endless Wave" have that classic airy Pups feel, but with an added jolt of intensity supplied by the new band. Not everything on the record works; some of the lyrics try a little too hard for the trippy surrealism that's become Kirkwood's hallmark, and a few songs feature a sort of half-rapped speak-sing that comes off as awkward. Golden Lies doesn't quite recapture the glory of the Puppets' SST years, or the pop breakthrough of Too High to Die, but its very existence is a triumphant achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Atlantic Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678340222
catalogNumber:
83402
Rank:
106551

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