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Too High to Die

Meat PuppetsAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)


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  • 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 (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Meat Puppets ~ Too High To Die

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album should have made them huge 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Personal 2nd favorite Puppets (after UP ON THE SUN) 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best of the decade November 15, 1998
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars No plaster in my eye. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars meat puppets and teriyaki sauce
I tried making pullets of fruit or vegetables, but the meat pullets are the best, I user need to add sauce.
Published 2 months ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty rad album.
If you're thinking about getting this album, get it. Its pretty original. This is easily one of the best albums made in my opinion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joshua Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars more than a one-hit-wonder
Other than with the song "Backwater", this band went highly unnoticed. "Backwater" is included on this album as well as the hidden track "Lake of Fire",... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Meat Puppets are a great band. I wish I bought this album when it came out, Anything that came out of that era of music was usually great.
Published 12 months ago by dizzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Suprising
This is suprisingly good. I don't know too much about the Meat Puppets except that they played with Nirvana on Unplugged. Read more
Published on August 29, 2011 by PAC MAN
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the ten greatest albums of the nineties.
It says a lot about the state of the industry today that this album is currently out of print. That's a crime against music in an era that has seen a lot of them. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Meat Puppets are great.
This is a great album. If you like it or like the Meat Pupppets, you should also check out Sewn Together. Another great album by the Meat Puppets.
Published on February 7, 2011 by Robert Magruder
5.0 out of 5 stars So darn good!
What happens when you give a lot of drugs to bored desert kids with technical skill oozing from their pores? Meat Puppets. Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by silt
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Group
I've enjoyed the Meat Puppets on and off over the years. They are excellent musicians, but sometimes their songs just seem to miss the mark with me. Read more
Published on May 31, 2010 by Stanley C. Sargent
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good album released the first half of 1994
I heard some Meat Puppets on WPRB in Princeton University, but it wasn't anything like this. I originally thought they were from Philadelphia, but according to Rock 100 WDIZ they... Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Daniel Hayes
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