No Strings Attached (1990) Steeped in meandering acid rock, country western, and punk, Phoenix's Meat Puppets mold Curt Kirkwood's off-pitch singing and fluid guitar virtuosity into a rugged musical… Meat Puppets Rock
Music Review

No Strings Attached (1990)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: Meat Puppets; Genre: Rock

Steeped in meandering acid rock, country western, and punk, Phoenix's Meat Puppets mold Curt Kirkwood's off-pitch singing and fluid guitar virtuosity into a rugged musical desert with refreshing oases. Beginning with a noisy 1982 single, this extensive career retrospective unfolds to reveal the crystalline riffing that now endears the trio to fans of the Grateful Dead. No Strings Attached closes with tracks from last year's rockier Monsters album, reviewing the Meat Puppets' past as a prelude to their major-label future. B-

Originally posted Nov 09, 1990 Published in issue #39 Nov 09, 1990 Order article reprints