Sewn Together

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Sewn Together
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 12, 2009
Recorded2009 at the Saltmine, Phoenix, Arizona
LabelMegaforce Records
ProducerCurt Kirkwood
Meat Puppets chronology
Rise to Your Knees
Sewn Together

Sewn Together is American rock band the Meat Puppets' twelfth full-length studio album, released on May 12, 2009, both on CD and vinyl.[1] It was the follow-up to their 2007 reunion album Rise to Your Knees.

Recording and background[]


Curt Kirkwood commented in an interview that the album was put together over a short period of time, comparing its production to the group's earlier albums. He said, "In the '80s, we used to just crap this stuff out. Those SST records cost, like, five grand apiece, if that much, and those are the records that made people like us. Now, if I can get away with it, I'll make a record as cheap as I can and put as little work as I can into it, which is what we did with this one. I don't like putting a lot of time into it. We cut a track, and if we've played it halfway right, we're done with it".[2]

Recording and production[]

Sewn Together was recorded at drummer Ted Marcus' apartment and at The Saltmine Studios in Mesa, Arizona, United States.[3]


Musical style[]

Courtney Devores of Charlotte Observer delineated the sound of Sewn Together as "warm, psychedelic folk-rock".[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media6.1/10[5]
Q4/5 stars Aug. 2009, pg. 109
Spin3.5/5 stars[6]

On review aggregation site Metacritic, Sewn Together has a 71 (out of 100) favorable rating based on 14 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

The Boston Globe said:

"At its best, Arizona's Meat Puppets makes you think there are no boundaries between punk, country, and pop. The appropriately named "Sewn Together" finds 50-year-old Curt Kirkwood and his 48-year-old brother Cris Kirkwood crafting mongrel music as fine as anything in the band's catalog. ... The group's signatures are all here: the loping honky-tonk rhythms, the piercing punk wordplay, and the psychedelic glint that makes even the mellowest passages sound a little nervous."[8]

Track listing[]

  1. "Sewn Together" - 3:07
  2. "Blanket of Weeds" - 5:14
  3. "I'm Not You" - 4:27
  4. "Sapphire" - 4:00
  5. "Rotten Shame" - 5:19
  6. "Go to Your Head" - 3:44
  7. "Clone" - 4:37
  8. "Smoke" - 3:16
  9. "S.K.A." - 3:47
  10. "Nursery Rhyme" - 4:28
  11. "The Monkey and the Snake" - 3:09
  12. "Love Mountain" - 3:44



  1. ^ Stevenson, Mark (February 11, 2009). "Meat Puppets to release album of new material 'Sewn Together'". Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  2. ^ alex101 (March 27, 2009). "Meat Puppets announce new album, tour". Retrieved March 31, 2009.
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Sewn Together - Meat Puppets". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  4. ^ Devores, Courtney (27 November 2009). "Back cooking through tragedy, drugs, jail". Charlotte. Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Meat Puppets: Sewn Together". Pitchfork.
  6. ^ "Meat Puppets, 'Sewn Together' (Megaforce)". Spin. April 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Sewn Together by Meat Puppets" – via
  8. ^ "Puppets put it all 'Together'" – via The Boston Globe.
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