Meat Puppets, ‘Rise to Your Knees’ (Anodyne)
Back when Meat Puppets were midwifing our indie world, the Arizona iconoclasts specialized in bonged-out cowpunk, stretching drawled melodies over 1-2-3-4 rhythms. They also tossed in fractured takes on Neil Young folk rock, and on Rise to Your Knees, that’s the reunited Kirkwood brothers’ forte. “Tiny Kingdom” features Curt’s gorgeously plunked banjo and a slo-mo chord progression worthy of Crazy Horse. While the lyrics to “On the Rise” never explicitly address the seduction of addiction (bassist Cris has been arrested and shot in drug-related incidents), the pretty drone that cuts through the jangly melody nails it exactly.
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