BY JOHN B. MOORE
The Meat Puppets, once best described as psychedelic cowpunks, have slowly been morphing over the past decade or so towards a more mellow sound. And with Rat Farm, their 14th album, the band has finally put out the closest thing yet to a folk album.
That’s not meant as a smart ass swipe either. To the contrary, it’s actually a great record once you give up all preconceived notions of what to expect. Longtime followers of the brothers Kirkwood will be pleased early on, those who know them only as touchstones for Nirvana and 1994’s (still great) Too High to Die, may need a little more time with this one.
Admittedly, I do miss the ‘80s version of the band a bit; the sloppy, distortion-happy trio, with goofy lyrics and obviously not a ton of experience when it came to their instruments, but evolution is always for the best. Listening to “Leave Your Head Alone” or the superbly wistful “Sometimes Blue” is proof enough that the band is still very relevant, regardless of how you remember them.
DOWNLOAD: “Leave Your Head Alone,” “You Don’t Know,”“Sometimes Blue”