Rat Farm

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Rat Farm is the fourteenth full-length studio album by the Meat Puppets. Rat Farm_sentence_0

It was released on April 16, 2013, through Megaforce Records. Rat Farm_sentence_1

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On writing the music Curt Kirkwood remarked: "I tried to write stuff that would stand on its own — just the chords and the melodies, and play it kind of straight... Rat Farm_sentence_2

I think that was the guiding boundary that I gave myself. Rat Farm_sentence_3

It was one of those things where a lot of times, in the past especially, Cris (bassist Cris Kirkwood) would go, ‘Well, that’s all there is? Rat Farm_sentence_4

Let’s put a prog rock part in the middle.’ But I tried to hold it off as much as I could." Rat Farm_sentence_5

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Lucy Jones of British music publication NME adjudged Rat Farm as "gently fried country-rock and psychedelia" and its guitar solos to be "Neil Young-worthy". Rat Farm_sentence_6

Curt Kirkwood, the band's singer/guitarist and primary songwriter, described the album as "real blown-out folk music". Rat Farm_sentence_7

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As of June 2013, based on 17 reviews, Rat Farm has a score of 74 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Rat Farm_sentence_8

This is the highest score of their albums released since 2000. Rat Farm_sentence_9

The Independent described the album as "dizzying psychedelic country in finest Meat Puppets tradition, full of slightly off-centre harmonies in Grateful Dead manner, and plenty of Kirkwood's swirling, trippy guitar." Rat Farm_sentence_10

Allmusic said: "The tracks on their 14th outing are the closest they've come in a long time to the colorful, no-frills brand of twangy alt-rock and informal punk (with hints of Americana, country, folk, and prog) that they instilled on their SST records." Rat Farm_sentence_11

The Austin Chronicle said that Curt Kirkwood "continues penning some of the strongest, sweetest, and compellingly twisted material of his already storied songwriting career," and that "[t]here's enough distorted weirdness, easygoing melodies, and guitar both hard and jangly to demonstrate why the Meat Puppets influenced both Nirvana and R.E.M." Rat Farm_sentence_12

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