By their fourth album (1987), the Phoenix trio had turned into a full-fledged roots-rock band, leaving their old hard-core peers far behind and instead occupying the territory more commonly associated with the full-on boogie of ZZ Top
or the Grateful Dead
's wanton self-indulgence. Of course, you still had Curt Kirkwood's innate feel for the desert coming through on songs such as the rollicking "Look at the Rain" and the plangent "Crazy." Listening to the heat-evocative "Sexy Music," you can hear the Meat Puppets' influence on 1998's generation of alt-country rockers, from Mike Ireland and Holler
to the Pernice Brothers
and upwards. Only occasionally do the trio degenerate into their old warped style (the bonus track "I Can't Be Counted On"); mostly they play it straight. Includes five unreleased bonus tracks. --Everett True
From the Label
Includes five previously unreleased tracks, as well as a live video performance from 1988. Also, an essay by Gina Arnold and recording notes by Derrick Bostrom.
Hard driving riff rock, Meat Puppets style. "Huevos" was recorded in four days and released less than six months after "Mirage". But where that album was spacey and lush, "Huevos" is rough and spontaneous. Writing for the Village Voice,Howard Hampton declared it to be "steeped in bliss", while in the the Los Angeles Times,Gina Arnold called it "the band's best effort yet".
For this edition, the album has been expanded to include five additional tracks, featuring early demos of "Sexy Music", "Paradise", "Fruit", and "Automatic Mojo", as well as a cover of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What Do You Want Me to Do".
As an added bonus, the albums in this series include an "Enhanced CD" partition for play on home computers. "Huevos"offers an excerpt from a January 1988 concert. Shot by David Travis and Joe Barton at the Variety Arts Center in Los Angeles, the clip features a live version of "Automatic Mojo".