Rise To Your Knees - Meat Puppets

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. Though this comeback celebrates the parole of ex-junkie bassist Cris Kirkwood, tuneful it ain't.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. 80
    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]
  6. 60
    Curt Kirkwood has written a gorgeous album that channels his brother's world-weary relief. [Aug 2007, p.116]
  7. The years, however, have worn on the Meat Puppets. Their unrestrained gusto has been replaced with a slower, methodical purging.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. In time-warp fashion, the band plays as distinctively and playfully as ever.
  11. 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.
  12. Rise to Your Knees doesn't sound exactly like either previous incarnation. Those expecting a return to form will find this one decidedly mellow.
  13. Rise is a welcome, if uneven, return.
  14. Barring two tracks of effects-happy hard rock, Rise To Your Knees is a pleasant collection of downplayed, mid-tempo, gently psychedelic Americana.

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