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With their weirdo-punk heyday already a few years behind them, the Meat Puppets entered the 1990s as a very different proposition to the guys that sounded like foaming at the mouth retards on their initial EP and self-titled debut before later producing some of the best rock music of the decade on II
and Up on the Sun
. Released in 1991, Forbidden Places
was essentially a cleanly produced rock album with country leanings, pretty far removed from the all over the map, hard to categorize sounds of their best releases. Having got those initial observations out of the way, it’s also simply another good Meat Puppets album if judged on its own merits and not unfairly compared with their classic material, something which is worth taking into consideration with much of the bands post-SST catalogue.
Guitarist/singer Curt Kirkwood had always stamped his presence over every Meat Puppets release, and even when working within the confines of Forbidden Places
scaled down ambitions and eccentricity, his fluid playing comes to the fore on tracks like the rapidfire opener “Sam” and “Another Moon”. Elsewhere, “That’s How It Goes” is a somewhat generic but pleasant country strum that is elevated by some adorable harmonizing between the Kirkwood brothers. The slick production is both a boon and a negative; the melodic, yearning “This Day” benefits but some of the attempts at heavier, more aggressive material fall flat and sounds rather corny, with the notable exception of the title track. Despite the slightly hit or miss nature of the record, the positives outweigh the negatives, and fans of the band who have so far overlooked Forbidden Places
are missing out on their best release of the 1990s