Monday, December 10, 2012

It Comes in Every Color

Original Facebook post here.
Yesterday's all-the-way-through formative album: Meat Puppets's Up on the Sun. The bleary vocals are the only hold-over from their punk days; otherwise this sumptuous, Spot-produced record is like a precision-cut chamber-rock concert, featuring tight, springy counterpoint between the Kirkwood bros. on multitracked guitar and bass, in a vaguely prog-rock variation of the chiming art-funk of the early Talking Heads or Robert Fripp. Compositionally, the record reaches its height with "Two Rivers," but it's one of the few albums I can think of that sounds like a single work without all "sounding the same." The Pups were never so consistently good before or since.

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