The Meat Puppets were cited by many 90s grunge bands, such as Nirvana and Sound Garden as a major influence. Yet, few listen to them today.
The Meat Puppets most successful album was “Too High to Die.”
A band’s most successful album is not, necessarily, their best, however, a band’s most successful album is a great way to assess a band overall.
The first track on “Too High to Die,” is “Violet Eyes.” The track is ok, however, there is nothing about the track, which separates it from other alternative/grunge acts around the early to mid-90s.
The next track “Never to Be Found,” sounds similar and carries nothing extra. In fact, both tracks sound near identical to one another – as are the remaining tracks on the album.
There is an occasional guitar pick up, but not enough distinguishing markers between the tracks to carry a remarkable difference.
“Too High to Die’s,” most unique track is the country sounding “Comin Down,” and the hidden cover “Where do Bad Go Where They Die,” at the tail end of the album. (In fact, one could argue these are the album’s strongest songs.)
The other highlight tracks on “ Too High to Die,” are the album’s hits “Never to be Found,” and “Backwater.”
These tracks are decent, but they are not notable or distinguishable from other similar acts of the early to mid-90s. The lyrics of the songs are not awful, but they indistinguishable from lyrics written by the local area bar band.
“Too High to Die,” deserves a three out of five.