Meat + Bone - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 21, 2012
    90
    Meat and Bone stands as quite possibly the band's best album to date. The Explosion breaks everything down to its root and reconstructs it all in a perfect way; it should show a generation of cool kids that may have missed him the first time around that Jon Spencer is among garage rock's main guitar slingers.
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    85
    It's a monumental return-pure, unfiltered American rock 'n' roll--and has to be considered one of the party albums of the year.
  3. Dec 10, 2012
    80
    For the most part, this is a fizzing, fuzzing album that manages to sound both younger and older than the band that produced it.
  4. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    Like a raging flood, JSBX has picked up all sorts of things on its way down, but unlike Irene, the band has turned a jumble into something tight and precise and essentially its own.
  5. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    They might not be fracking new rocks with their sound, but for those in the know with ears to blow, it's manna from an alternate heaven.
  6. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    Meat And Bones is a welcome return from a band whose absence has been keenly felt over these last few years
  7. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    No retro trip, this, greasy grooves and hollered pulpit soundbytes remain Blue Explosion's prime business--and business is good. {Oct 2012, p.90]
  8. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    If anything, they seem to have gained funkiness on workouts such as Get Your Pants Off and the loose, classy closing instrumental, Zimgar.
  9. Sep 17, 2012
    80
    It includes great music, but it still has that hairy, unpredictable, somewhat demented aspect that gives the Blues Explosion its unique spark. [Oct 2012, p.72]
  10. 80
    The trio's first new album in eight years finds The Black Keys' filthy uncles, Grinderman's cellmates and The Stooges' delinquent offspring still deeply embedded in a scuzzy groove.
  11. Oct 4, 2012
    75
    The trio still churns as mixing hot butter with bourbon and gargling gasoline [No.91 p.59]
  12. Sep 26, 2012
    75
    Meat & Bone is proof positive that music needn't be so reverent to its past.
  13. Sep 18, 2012
    75
    Meat And Bone is the heir apparent to Now I Got Worry, and a fine return to form.
  14. Sep 20, 2012
    73
    Stripped of the cut-and-paste studio trickery and celebrity cameos that defined the band's records from the mid-90s onward, the self-produced Meat and Bone boasts no ambition beyond capturing the Blues Explosion in straight-up, no-bullshit rock'n'soul mode.
  15. Sep 28, 2012
    70
    Meat and Bone is not a perfect album.... [Yet] all these flaws make the album essential.
  16. Sep 21, 2012
    70
    Meat + Bone operates with the same lean, restless energy JSBX always display in concert: at their best, no band sounds this alive, unable to sit still for a second.
  17. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Meat + Bone may not restore faith in reunions in general, but it does prove that this burly trio has plenty of swagger and sloppy rock and roll left in them.
  18. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    Meat And Bone finds Spencer at what is arguably his most Bowie-esque.
  19. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Against such a strong back catalogue, Meat and Bone looks set to go down as an addendum rather than a milestone.
  20. 60
    First-time listeners might find the record a tough initiation. But for diehard fans, Meat + Bone is a long-awaited return to the wild side, with the Blues Explosion offering up all the mutated musical goodness as you can stomach.
  21. Sep 17, 2012
    40
    They strain to resemble the Stooges and mavericks from the Beasties to the Stones but still can't conjure the killer tune. [Oct 20012, p.103]

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