Review Summary: Wow.
Meat Puppets are a punk band unlike any other, and the abundance of people that have not listened to them are truly missing out on something special. For the most part, punk is whiny music for bitches, but there is something ethereal about these guys brash but enjoyable sound that just sucks you in and before you know it you will be an addict to their music. Meat Puppets II is where the band hit their peak, a thirty minute piece of some of the coolest, most out-there music ever put to record.
The best thing about this album is the constantly audible bass, which just sticks out like a sore thumb as one of the most incredible things in the entire music world. In a genre best known for bands such as Sex Pistols who possessed zero talent, it is nice to hear something as genuinely refreshing as the phenomenally cool bass lines to Magic Toy Missing. Also noteworthy about this album is how chilled out the entire release sounds, instead of the furious and cynical style of punk that many bands popularized. The drums are all over the place and could not sound better if Jesus himself recorded them, whilst the guitar work is beautiful and has its place right at the forefront of this recording. This just sounds like a bunch of guys decided to have a long jam session and record it, and it sounds perfect because of this.
The vocals are downright retarded in nature but are something special. Split Myself In Two kicks the album off with some of the strangest vocals ever put to record, whilst Lost goes for more of an accessible style of singing that doesn't really suit the music but for this reason stands out the most. This album is one of the best vocal performances in history, with every vocal line being downright awesome. The lyrical content is also really interesting to read through, with various topics covered and handled very well, being fairly negative for the most part. Some of the stand out songs would be Lost, We're Here and Magic Toy Missing. The latter of these three is an instrumental track that lays down some incredible instrumental work, whilst the middle of the two has some of the most bleak and incredible vocals out there that contrasts really well with the upbeat-sounding drum performance.
There are a million reasons why this is one of the coolest, if not THE coolest punk album of all time, and it would be boring to read a review that's a thousand pages long, so instead I'll end with this - It kicks ass. Nowhere on this album is there a dull moment, so check it out now.