Rat Farm - Meat Puppets

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 10, 2013
    If the fanboys and motorheads are equally turned off by it in places, you get the sense the Puppets themselves--who sound happier and more comfortable here than they have in years--would be perversely pleased. [No. 98, p.58]
  2. May 1, 2013
    Rat Farm definitely belongs in the “up” column, and I hope fans give this smart, creative and catchy album its due.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    It’s actually a great record once you give up all preconceived notions of what to expect.
  4. Apr 15, 2013
    Hard to stack up to the wonder years this far into their career, but Rat Farm comes darn close, and the tracks on their 14th outing are the closest they've come in a long time to the colorful, no-frills brand of twangy alt-rock and informal punk (with hints of Americana, country, folk, and prog) that they instilled on their SST records.
  5. Apr 12, 2013
    The resulting amalgam never seems forced or affected, and with Curt Kirkwood’s mastery of the guitar the band can skip effortlessly across styles.
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    This fourth record in six years is another gem, a touch rockier than 2011's saccharine Lollipop, but no less sublime. [May 2013, p.95]
  7. Apr 11, 2013
    Pretty straight by the Puppets' wobbly standards, but still bewitchingly unhinged. [May 2013, p.74]
  8. 80
    It's dizzying psychedelic country in finest Meat Puppets tradition, full of slightly off-centre harmonies in Grateful Dead manner, and plenty of Kirkwood's swirling, trippy guitar.
  9. May 16, 2013
    It's almost unimaginable, but they continue to render sounds that swirl and dissolve into something deceptively and gloriously American.
  10. 70
    Though they certainly had friends in high, grungy places, Rat Farm is another example of how singular the Meat Puppets are, each new record sounding more like themselves than anything else.
  11. 70
    More laidback than their most feted, punk-derived early albums, this nevertheless compares favourably with the new 'un by Meat Puppets fans Milk Music.
  12. Jun 4, 2013
    Though it falls some way short of the arid, acid-fried surreality of their key early releases Meat Puppets II and Up On The Sun, their 14th studio set, Rat Farm, is one of their better post-millennial efforts.
  13. Apr 30, 2013
    It's easy-going, it's listenable, but it also sounds a bit, well, tired. [13 Apr 2013, p.59]
  14. Apr 30, 2013
    Good but not as good as you might think it is on a song-to-song basis, enjoyable but somewhat less memorable.
  15. Apr 11, 2013
    A simple, joyful late-career bloom. [May 2013, p.106]
  16. Apr 19, 2013
    The perfectly pleasant Rat Farm [feels] strangely wanting.
  17. Apr 24, 2013
    Rat Farm has only the occasional flash of brilliance. [Apr 2013, p.53]

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