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  • Summary: The rock band reunites (with a new drummer) for a new album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. In time-warp fashion, the band plays as distinctively and playfully as ever.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
  6. Rise is a welcome, if uneven, return.
  7. Though this comeback celebrates the parole of ex-junkie bassist Cris Kirkwood, tuneful it ain't.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. FineTuned
    Aug 13, 2007
    9
    Better than it ought to be. The Puppets are back and this is only the start.
  2. MK
    Aug 11, 2007
    8
    their best for a long time. nice to hear the puppets returning to good form.
  3. DipsyP.
    Aug 12, 2007
    6
    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. Collapse