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Shave It
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Baby Don't
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Hour of the Idiot
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Damn Thing
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Way That It Are
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The Spider and the Spaceship
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 46:30

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Andrew Perry


The Meat Puppets, Lollipop
2011 | Label: MEGAFORCE / The Orchard

Arizona's Meat Puppets — alt-pop misfits in America's post-hardcore underground, freaky-deaky guest-stars of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged — are seemingly indestructible. Their grunge-era corporate dalliance may have been a study in how major labels screw you up, and thereafter singer-songsmith Curt Kirkwood had to go it alone for a stretch while his bass-playing brethren Cris lost the plot to a crippling cocaine addiction. But after reuniting for 2007's Rise To Your Knees, the brothers, backed by… read more »

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See Them Live, If You Can


I recently saw the Meat Puppets live and was absolutely blown away. The guitar work was stunning, the drumming was explosive, and the harmonies and interplay between the brothers Kirkwood was a joy to behold. They played many of the songs off Lollipop, plus a slew of righteous "oldies." It's so good to have them back...

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Ageless Art. Better Than Ever!


The Meat Puppets have always been classic country music fans. And the Kirkwoods are doing just what the greats from that genre did: getting better with age. They sound more sincere than ever, and the poetry and humor and even bittersweet nature of some of their songs has just increased. Love this album. These guys are born musicians/songwriters, and as much as I love some of the other great alternative bands, an album like "Lollipop" is just effortlessly, agelessly fresh and entertaining compared to embarrassing going-through-the-motions for fame, money, whatever. Rush still rock and have their integrity, but the Kirkwoods are truly getting better at what they do. Rock music has to have its Picassos, Jack Kirbys, Kurt Vonneguts, the artists who make a life of their art. Lollipop sure as HELL is not a "late career" work.

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A few good ones


While Sewn Together was a really good Meat Puppets record, this one is a much lighter affair. It never really tries to reach the soaring heights of the band's best rock (THTD, Golden Lies). It treads more closely to territory of Curt's solo album and some of his Volcano side-project album, but the vibe and lyrics here tend a bit sillier than those records. Highlights are "Incomplete" and "Shave It".

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Welcome Back!


I love this record. It is like a mix of "Up on the Sun" and "Meat Puppets II". It is more of a folk acoustic sound which is where I believe they excel. "Lantern" is my favorite cut so far.

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third album since the brothers reunited and in my opinion one of their best albums. definitely more to the folky/country side of their material but the pups were always great with this kind of music.

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Ever since bassist and co-founder Cris Kirkwood returned to the band in 2007 with the album Rise to Your Knees, the Meat Puppets have been striving to re-create the glorious sounds of their salad days in the 1980s and ‘90s, but they seem to have made a number of rather odd lateral moves on 2011′s Lollipop. The album is much more of a studio creation than its most recent predecessors; Curt Kirkwood’s guitars dominate the album, but along with layering several parts on many tunes, he’s added synthesizers on several numbers, and the polished sheen of the recording tends to muffle the sense of interplay between the musicians and flattens out the vocals. (Shandon Sahm is credited as drummer on Lollipop, but the sound of the percussion and the simplicity of the beats suggest that a drum machine may actually be doing the work most of the time.) However, if the production and engineering aren’t a great fit for the Meat Puppets, in terms of the songwriting this does a better job of re-creating the sunburnt psychedelia of Meat Puppets II and Up on the Sun than anything they’ve done since leaving SST. The melodies are limber, and if they lean more to the pop end of the spectrum than usual, they suit Curt Kirkwood’s guitar work very well indeed, while the goofball surrealism of the lyrics is a hoot, alternating tall tales with weed-fueled philosophizing that reaches its logical conclusion on “Damn Thing,” where after declaring “chicken equals cow” and “words don’t mean a thing,” Curt sums it all up by telling listeners “I don’t know a damn thing anyway.” If these songs had been accompanied by the simple and straightforward production that served the Meat Puppets well on Up on the Sun and Huevos, Lollipop might have been an inspiring return to form; as it is, it’s flawed but interesting enough to confirm there’s still life left in this band, which (with any luck) the Meat Puppets will document in a more satisfying manner next time they record. – Mark Deming

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