Album: Meat Puppets, Lollipop (Megaforce)
Friday 29 April 2011
Lollipop is the best Meat Puppets album since the halcyon days of Up on the Sun and Mirage, full of scudding lysergic country-rock grooves bound in twisting skeins of dervish lead guitar.
Curt Kirkwood remains one of US alternative rock's most distinctive talents, both instrumentally and lyrically: the reggae skank "Shove It" finds him "swearing at the rain as it fell", while in "Amazing" he's trying "to slap the face of an alien", neither common pursuits in pop. But the latter's haunting melody offers a timely reminder of his great tunesmith skills, best represented in the catchy "Damn Thing" and the rockabilly number "Baby Don't", which sounds like a spaced-out Everly Brothers, thanks to the Kirkwood brothers' unusual harmonies. What's new is the sun-bronzed muscularity of the rhythm section, most potently effective in the opener "Orange".
DOWNLOAD THIS Damn Thing; Amazing; Baby Don't; Orange; Vile
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin