Meat Puppets
Rat Farm


3.0
good

Review

by Super Grover USER (32 Reviews)
April 19th, 2013 | 24 replies | 3,569 views


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything's cool and everything's fine

In a quote that’s been used by everyone and their mother when discussing the Puppets’ latest album, (sidenote- if your mother actually used this quote, let alone discussed Meat Puppets with you, please introduce me) Curt Kirkwood described Rat Farm as “real blown-out folk music.”

So essentially, the same thing the band’s been churning out since their reunion in 2006. These are twelve ultra-polished, twangy alternative rock jams that have enough five-second oddities thrown in them to make you pause and say “Ah! That’s Curt Kirkwood for you!” before returning to whatever you were doing before that.

If I sound jaded, it’s because Meat Puppets do as well. And that’s just fine. Rat Farm is the cementation of sorts of the band’s latter-age mellowing out. This is the band’s fourteenth album, after all, and the only real thing about it that can be compared in a positive light to Kirkwood and company’s older work is that it goes down much smoother.

That’s nothing to cry home about. Just because lead single “Down” is twelve parts “Backwater” and, well, zero parts “Lake of Fire” doesn’t mean that should surprise anyone. It’s honestly pretty tough to see who Rat Farm could offend at this point--the only people who would be in any way surprised at the album’s direction are those not too familiar with the band, and they’ll probably wind up liking it better anyway.

It’s good enough to slip inoffensively into the number fourteen slot in the band’s more than impressive discography and it’ll give you some solid mixtape fodder this summer. Everyone needs solid mixtape fodder and most people need Meat Puppets, so I’ll take it.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2013



18622 Comments


nice review very easy to read and kinda quirky. I like your style sir.

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Chortles
April 19th 2013



17510 Comments


damn didn't even know they came out with another record

sweet review

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cinaedus
April 19th 2013



26196 Comments


Romulus is back!!!!

Romulus
April 19th 2013



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i will only truly leave when none at sputnik are loyal to me

wabbit
April 19th 2013



6746 Comments


< 3


I've actually never heard this but meat puppets are the best

porch
April 19th 2013



8390 Comments


these last couple of releases are probably the worst things they've ever done but i thought the 2 before that were pretty solid comeback albums

been listening to their first 7" and s/t a lot recently and cannot overemphasize how great they are, some of the best and most unique hardcore ever

peaks40
April 19th 2013



2723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why does everybody comment on these guys and doesn't rate?

Romulus
April 19th 2013



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

still need to listen to their pre-mpII stuff

KILL
April 19th 2013



67082 Comments


awesome i forgot aboot this

breakingthefragile
April 20th 2013



2935 Comments


Awesome review man. I like the comedic tone you throw in here. It makes it fun to read, but it never distracts from the point you're trying to get across either. I'd say that makes for a pretty unique touch to your writing style that seperates you from other Sputnik reviewers.

porch
April 20th 2013



8390 Comments


still need to listen to their pre-mpII stuff


harder to get into for most people but it's worth it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSgbIvQqcTk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgqhn_mx-lE

KILL
April 20th 2013



67082 Comments


lol who 5d this

porch
April 20th 2013



8390 Comments


http://oi50.tinypic.com/216d7n.jpg

KILL
April 20th 2013



67082 Comments


fuckin smack head lol

felixcat
April 23rd 2013



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love these guys, glad they are still doing what they love

peaks40
May 9th 2013



2723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't get why they're under punk? most of their stuff is alternative rock

Havey
June 29th 2013



9319 Comments


so is this worth listening to or

lollipop was eh not bad but not particularly good nahmean

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KILL
June 29th 2013



67082 Comments


nah listen to in a car instead

peaks40
June 29th 2013



2723 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still good

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
August 26th 2013



7832 Comments


did these guys dinosaur jr this

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