Sewn Together - Meat Puppets
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Consider the Meat Puppets' Sewn Together its "Young Frankenstein."
  2. They have shed their gormless, drifting amateurism and turned themselves into a classic American pop band. [Aug 2009, p.109]
  3. The appropriately named Sewn Together finds 50-year-old Curt Kirkwood and his 48-year-old brother Cris Kirkwood crafting mongrel music as fine as anything in the band's catalog.
  4. After all is said and done, the Meat Puppets have succeeded in making an album that maintains their iconoclastic reputation, but mostly just rocks.
  5. It is a dramatic improvement from the first (2007’s "Rise To Your Knees") and a satisfying recapturing of the past.
  6. While it’s not the glorious shambles we were hoping for, there’s a feeling that no matter what rehabilitation they go through, thankfully they’ll never lose those magic battle scars.
  7. Sewn Together suggests that the Meat Puppets are following their bliss again, and if it's not quite up to the standards of their classic material, there's no question that it reconnects with the qualities that made them so special.
  8. Meat Puppets 2.0 is a more polished, less accidental venture than the original, which isn't necessarily a drawback.
  9. At their best, the Meat Puppets tackle swampy rock, erratic punk, boisterous country, ruminative folk, and seedy psych with equal authority, all while instilling a surreal scent of the desert.
  10. So Sewn Together is gently rustic, occasionally (a bit) heavier than you might expect, and ready for any adult-leaning-but-alternative-friendly playlist. It's also pretty bland, and at worst banally melodramatic in ways that suggest the unfortunate arrival of the Meat Puppets power ballad.
  11. If this was a band’s debut album, it would be a nice, pleasant first shot. But with the knowledge of what came before, too much of it sounds toothless or neutered.
  12. 60
    Sewn Together is as winningly tuneful as it is raggedly charming. [Jul 2009, p.95]
  13. 60
    The second album of their third coming aims for the spontaneity of the early recordings, pushing those buried melodies to the surface. [Jul 2009, p.93]
  14. Although the band remains on an independent label--oddly enough, Megaforce, which wouldn’t have touched anything this psychedelic and mellow back in its own heyday--they’ve chosen to continue on in a similar ‘90s-nostalgic vein.

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