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. 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.
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    They have shed their gormless, drifting amateurism and turned themselves into a classic American pop band. [Aug 2009, p.109]
  4. It is a dramatic improvement from the first (2007’s "Rise To Your Knees") and a satisfying recapturing of the past.
  5. After all is said and done, the Meat Puppets have succeeded in making an album that maintains their iconoclastic reputation, but mostly just rocks.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Meat Puppets 2.0 is a more polished, less accidental venture than the original, which isn't necessarily a drawback.
  9. 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.
  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.

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