• Record Label: Anodyne
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Even without original drummer Derrick Bostrom, the Meat Puppets' magic is evident. The focused, yet relaxed, music throughout this album is among the best the band has ever made.
  2. Spin
    While the lyrics to 'On the Rise' never explicitly address the se-duction of addiction, the pretty drone that cuts through the jangly melody nails it exactly. [Aug 2007, p.104]
  3. In time-warp fashion, the band plays as distinctively and playfully as ever.
  4. Barring two tracks of effects-happy hard rock, Rise To Your Knees is a pleasant collection of downplayed, mid-tempo, gently psychedelic Americana.
  5. In playing it straight, however, the Pups emphasize their abilities as skilled synthesists rather than merely falling back on their rep as inspired eccentrics, suggesting a band that, though grounded, has yet to plateau.
  6. Rise to Your Knees doesn't sound exactly like either previous incarnation. Those expecting a return to form will find this one decidedly mellow.
  7. Rise to Your Knees, the first album by reunited brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood since 1995's misleading "No Joke!," is a subdued and psychedelic affair, where the guitars melt instead of fry.
  8. Generally speaking, the choruses on Rise far outshine the meandering verses, as the band snaps into a more simple and straightforward groove that highlights the trademark Kirkwood drawl.
  9. The mere fact they've been able to come together to make an album as solid and coherent as Rise to Your Knees is little short of miraculous, but it pales in comparison to the Meat Puppets best music and suggests that they still have a ways to go before they're fully back in fighting shape.
  10. Rise is a welcome, if uneven, return.
  11. Under The Radar
    Rise won't grab you like those classic Puppets records do. But upon several listens, the album offers definite pleasures, as well as a couple surefire tunes that stand with the band's bes. [Summer 2007, p.91]
  12. Blender
    Curt Kirkwood has written a gorgeous album that channels his brother's world-weary relief. [Aug 2007, p.116]
  13. The years, however, have worn on the Meat Puppets. Their unrestrained gusto has been replaced with a slower, methodical purging.
  14. Though this comeback celebrates the parole of ex-junkie bassist Cris Kirkwood, tuneful it ain't.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. FineTuned
    Aug 13, 2007
    Better than it ought to be. The Puppets are back and this is only the start.
  2. DipsyP.
    Aug 12, 2007
    So what can you say about the brothers Meat? It's good to see them play again? At least Cris is cleaning up a bit? Yeah, it's all So what can you say about the brothers Meat? It's good to see them play again? At least Cris is cleaning up a bit? Yeah, it's all of that and a little more. Though not a return to the glory of 80's and early 90's, it is a more mature outing, with a few scars from the journey showing themselves as inadequate fodder for inspiration. The album is not bad by any means, just not able to find its groove and hold it for an album's worth of songs. I think Rise is a great first step to what will hopefully be a renaissance for Curt and Cris. Here's sending some muse mojo your way guys. Full Review »
  3. MK
    Aug 11, 2007
    their best for a long time. nice to hear the puppets returning to good form.