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Too High to Die

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Meat Puppets ~ Too High To Die

1. Violet Eyes
2. Never To Be Found
3. We Don't Exist
4. Severed Goddess Hand
5. Flaming Heart
6. Shine
7. Station
8. Roof With A Hole
9. Backwater
10. Things
11. Why?
12. Evil Love
13. Comin' Down

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: January 25, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana London
  • ASIN: B000001FHV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on February 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Too High To Die would be the most successful album that the Meat Puppets would release. Before this, they had released several strong albums but only had a small but loyal following. The members of Nirvana were part of this following and they had the Meat Puppets open for them on their last tour and also featured the band and their music on their MTV Unplugged special. This finally gave the Meat Puppets some long overdue exposure as radio and MTV finally started playing their music.
It remains a mystery how Too High To Die didn't become a huge success. The music presented here fit right in with the alternative and acoustic rock that was popular in the mid-90's. Although the track "Backwater" would become a minor hit single, several other tracks such as the acoustic ballads "Shine" and "Why?" could have also been hits if marketed correctly. The electicism of their earlier albums is on full display here. Whether it's the heavy riffing of "Violet Eyes" and "We Don't Exist", the great melodic alternative tracks "Severed Goddess Hand" and "Flaming Heart", the country of "Comin' Down", or the blues-rock of "Roof With A Hole", everything here is top notch. Other great tracks here include "Things", "Evil Love", and "Never To Be Found." There's also an unlisted remake of their song "Lake Of Fire", which was popularized by Nirvana on MTV Unplugged, at the end of the album. Simply a great album. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on September 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Meat Puppets - Too High To Die (1994)

I'm not trying to say it's better than II (commonly considered their best along with UOTS). Personal preferences sometimes have to do with, say, the great summer you had listening to a cool record, or maybe when one saved your sanity at a boring job. But I really do think TOO HIGH TO DIE is truly one of their best, and I even know a few Meat-heads who insist it is, in fact, their greatest.

This kind of praise unfortunately gets thrown around a lot, but I must (type) that I think Curt Kirkwood is a highly underrated guitar genius. His playing is pretty unique, super-melodic and he's technically gifted. The Kirkwood brothers' voices ("Cris" on bass) are less so. They tend to sing in the same basic range here, but they actually SING (no screaming, posturing, etc.) and do it well - I dig their voices!

This album rocks, but there's also a lot of variety. There's quite a bit of country influence and it's ironic that I love it so much cuz I'm no country fan. I didn't go for a lot of this album at first, but now some of those songs I didn't go for initially get stuck in my head - and I like that! The following notes are my personal impressions of TOO HIGH TO DIE:

"Violet Eyes" - kicks it off with a killer, the hardest rocker on the record. Awesome feedback-laden soloing from Curt - trippy!

"Never To Be Found" - catchy and tuneful, this groover is addictive. The bass is simple and perfect. It starts off lighter than "Violet Eyes" with some crisp strumming, but takes off to great heights. "We got road, we got time, so we're out of here . . ." Love the epic guitar coda at the end before the band kicks in again with a faster tempo.

"We Don't Exist" - cool rocker.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Too High to Die" isn't the best Meat Puppets album (that award goes to the 1985 masterpiece "Up on the Sun") but this is as close as they've gotten. This much-overlooked Tucson-based trio has outlasted practically every early-post-punk band that sprung up in the early 80s. And they've done so by consistently delivering on their country-psychedlic-folk-punk brand of irresistable songcraft. About every other Puppets release is a fringe disappointment, but they always return to the fore with their next release. This is one of those return-to-the-fore CDs. On "Too High," Curt Kirwood's singing has never been stronger and is now holds a solid attachment to the band's musical chops. The songs are tight but still explode with a transcendent, soaring brilliance. Combines the meaty strength of "Monsters" with the thoughtfulness of "Forbidden Places" and easily ranks as one of the best rock albums of the decade, and among the finest dozen or so ever made. That's No Joke, for real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marc (with a 'c') on July 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Aside from a few songs that seem to be there as filler... this is the best of the later Mup's period. And, contrary to popular belief, there is more to this record than just "Backwater". Nothing wrong with that song, either... but one listen to "Things" or "Severed Goddess Hand", and the true charcter of this desperate longing album will come out and smack ya in the nose. Presuming that you want to be smacked in the nose, that is. And why wouldn't you? Because it hurts... that's why. But, the nice country groove of "Comin Down" will cradle you in it's arms and make it all better, I promise. Oh... and let's not forget the extra track... the kickin' reworking of "Lake Of Fire"... with listenable vocals!!!
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