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Classic Album Review: Meat Purveyors | All Relationships are Doomed to Fail

If misery loves company, heartbreak deserves a rent-breaking hootenanny.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Sure, the title sounds bleak. But this third album from the Meat Purveyors is no tear-in-your-beer pity party.

As always, these acoustic Austin roots-punks presume that if misery loves company, then heartbreak deserves a rent-breaking hootenanny. Which is exactly what they pitch on these 13 tales of love and lack thereof, mostly set to the quartet’s raucous, breakneck-speed hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and punk. Covers of Abba’s S.O.S., Nick Lowe’s Without Love and — no kidding — Ratt’s Round and Round are definitely the life of the party. But nothing sums up the event better than the lyrics to the group’s own Thinking About Drinking: “When I’m not drinking, I’m thinking about drinking / And when I’m not thinking, I’m drinking about you.” Looks like this bash is BYOB.