Meat Puppets
Too High To Die


4.0
excellent

Review

by sr800bkAGAIN! USER (2 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 37 replies | 9,621 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


0 of 1 thought this review was well written

"Too High To Die" by the Meatpuppets is approximately their 8th album, from 1994. The Meatpuppets began their career as a folky, very sloppy, country-ish grunge band. they slowly changed their sound into a melodic, upbeat, sometimes spacey, alternative rock band, while still sticking to their grunge roots. Til this day the Meatpuppets are one of the most influenciable grunge bands of the 80's and 90's and the current years, and this album, IMO, is the best example of their ability.

The Meatpuppets:
-Curt Kirkwood: lead guitar and vocals
-Chris Kirkwood: bass and backing vocals
-Derrick Bostrom: drums

Track Listing:
1.) Violet Eyes
one of their louder, faster, spacier songs on this album. the intro to the song is the perfect intro to the CD. its starts with a loud, harmonized "DUUUUUNNNNNNNN" of the guitars, bass, and drums. the vocals are like a mix of very drowzy, very cheery, and very airy. this song contains some of those all too familiar, but sometimes cool "noise" solos, made up of line noise, ultra sustained notes, and constant sliding.

2.) Never To Be Found
this song contains a bit of their more recent style, with the less off-key vocals, but still uses their older styled folky sound. not bad, but im not that much of a fan of it. gets very irritating and repetitive after about 5 listens.

3.) We Dont Exist
another "spacey" song, its very heavy, fast, and upbeat. it has a cool palm-muted guitar line in the verse, and the intro is an awesome high-pitched guitar-line, sort of like surf-rock on acid.

4.) Severed Godess Hand
ive skipped over this song a fair share of times, but when i really got into it, i loved it. one of my favorites of this CD. very melodic and soft, but still happy and upbeat. the solo after the first chorus is very whistle/piano-like, and im not too sure if its a guitar with lots of effects, or a keyboard. this song really makes me think of driving on a summer day through a big green valley.

5.) Flaming Heart
ive skipped over this song a LOT of times, but i just realized how good it really was. it is great. very similar to the previous song in many aspects, though.

6.) Shine
a very soft, very happy, country-like song. this one i actually like. its pretty much a love song. it has a few blue-grass like elements, too.

7.) Station
very goofy. VERY. their bassist demonstrates his awkward song writing in songs like this. this song also has worse recording quality than the other songs on the CD, but it still sounds fine.

8.) Roof With A Hole
this song struck me when i first heard it. its just plain awesome. its very bluesy and depressing sounding, and has a good mix of an acoustic guitar with an electric.

9.) Backwater
IMO the Meatpuppets best song ever. i love it. it captures a very upbeat, yet grungey kind of feeling, with one of my favorite lead riffs ever. the vocals in the verse a good, but when you hear the vocals in the chorus, you will be astounded. its hard to go from one of the Meatpuppets CD's from the early 80's and go to this, and realize they are still the same band.

10.) Things
this song is a little heavier and more depressing. it has a gloomy, airy feel to it. im suprised at how well they mixed the acoustic with a VERY fuzzy distorted squeely guitar line.

11.) Why?
a very soft, happy song. really makes you think of old memories for some reason. a sweet clean tone guitar riff, mixed a smooth drum line, and a simple yet perfectly fitting bassline that i love.

12.) Evil Love
another song written by Chris, the bassist, and strangely, this song also has poorer recording quality. but the sound quality does not hinder the song at all. i frankly am amazed by this song. it has a very "punky" drumline, a fast, scratchy, chorded guitar-line, and a bassline that ties the rhythm and melody sections together perfectly.

13.) Comin' Down
i dont like this song. i just dont like it. it sounds almost like a campfire folk song, i could honestly picture a camp-councelor teaching this to boy-scouts.

i give this CD a 4/5. anybody who likes alt. rock or grunge should pick this up immediately. despite its VERY few flaws, it is worth every penny. if it had not had Comin' Down or Never To Be Found, i would have given it a 5.


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ZEROthirtythree
March 20th 2004



234 Comments


I like some of thier songs, but Curt Kirkwood's voice ruins it.

sr800bkAGAIN!
March 21st 2004



54 Comments


[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree]I like some of thier songs, but Curt Kirkwood's voice ruins it.[/QUOTE]
i think that's one of my biggest problems with their stuff from the early 80's. Curt doesnt sing on key, on TIME or in the same tone for more than 2 seconds. but their stuff from the nineties made up for all that, IMO.

sr800bkAGAIN!
March 24th 2004



54 Comments


[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree]I like some of thier songs, but Curt Kirkwood's voice ruins it.[/QUOTE]
i think that's one of my biggest problems with their stuff from the early 80's. Curt doesnt sing on key, on TIME or in the same tone for more than 2 seconds. but their stuff from the nineties made up for all that, IMO.

Bosko
June 14th 2004



5 Comments


Yeah, "Lake of Fire" on Meat Puppetts II makes you really appreciate it when Kurt Cobain sings it. I liked the review and I might get this one becuase I have their later album "No Joke! and that album kicks ***.

Kingadamx
September 1st 2004



120 Comments


Good Review Awesome ALbum

sr800bkBassist
September 1st 2004



115 Comments


[QUOTE=Bosko]Yeah, "Lake of Fire" on Meat Puppetts II makes you really appreciate it when Kurt Cobain sings it. I liked the review and I might get this one becuase I have their later album "No Joke! and that album kicks ***.[/QUOTE]
"No Joke" is nothing compared to this CD.

Kingadamx
September 6th 2004



120 Comments


That's weird I just discovered that Lake of Fire is on Too High to die as well. It is a hidden track at the end of the album.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 6th 2004



2125 Comments


Cool band. I agree with ZERO though.

mranti
August 28th 2005



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. i like this album, but all the songs seem to bleed together too much. i wonder if the band slapped a redone "lake of fire" at the end of the album to try and top Nirvana's unplugged cover.

Badmoon
August 28th 2005



384 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really like "Comin' Down". In fact, it's the only song on the album I really care for.

Fantastic band though.

Nice effort also.

Overdrival
December 14th 2006



5 Comments


f*ckin' amazing album from an original band. and guess what! they 're gonna relase a new album now in 2007, with the classic lineup except the drummer. cant't wait!

deroeckj
March 18th 2008



69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As for mranti's question, this CD was released long before the "Nirvana MTV's unplugged cd, but 1.5 months after Nirvana recorded its eponymous cd. So I guess Meat Puppets got inspired by the work done with Nirvana in that they re-recorded their own song, unaware of what would happen with the version they recorded for MTV (at that moment they didn't know which songs would end up on MTV's unplugged...

Anyway, good review, "Backwater" was a minor hit in Belgium, a very good song, and a very good cd.
I was lucky enough to discover this band with this cd during spring '94, before the nirvana-connection turned them into cult-heroes (at least for some time)This Message Edited On 03.18.08

Spamue1G
August 12th 2008



1292 Comments


Curt's voice is now pretty good. I wish it had been more like this when they recorded Meat Puppets II, because it may well have been one of my favourite albums ever had that been the case.

CrazyFool84
September 30th 2009



1080 Comments


^ Nirvana never released an eponymous CD, I assume you meant the MTV special or the compilation?

Never really been able to get into this band cause of Curt's voice, though some of their songs were pretty gnarly.

Romulus
September 30th 2009



8411 Comments


Yeah it's tough for me to truly get into them but this is a really nice album

BigHans
April 8th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album here.

porch
April 8th 2010



8442 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

weak by their standards, the earlier albums destroy it

random
September 19th 2010



2256 Comments


I should get this soon.

Romulus
September 19th 2010



8411 Comments


haven't listened to this band in ages

BigHans
September 19th 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember buying this when Backwater came out. Guess I like it more than most.



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