Dusty Notes (CD)
The Meat Puppets have created a lively, backwoods hootenanny on Dusty Notes, their first studio album in six years. The band's signature hybrid of country/punk/folk is enlivened by the addition of organ, banjo, and harpsichord, and bolstered by the welcome return of original drummer Derrick Bostrom. One of the band's more mellow releases, Dusty Notes is big on atmosphere and strong (obviously) on songwriting, while steering clear of some of their rougher, rowdier elements. This is solid American cowpunk craftsmanship at its finest; one listen to this evocative collection of songs should serve as evidence as to why people are still as mad about Meat Puppets' second act as they were during their early '80s/'90s output.