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    Default Another great review of Gov't Mule's "High and Mighty"

    Don't take my word for it, buy this record today. Then, go and see Mule at a venue near you. Best f*cking live band in the land.....

    Review: "High & Mighty" by Gov't Mule (August 25, 2006)
    by Brian D. Holland
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    High & Mighty is Gov't Mule's follow-up to 2004's Deja Voodoo, a release fans thought would be hard to beat. This prophecy was no doubt an underestimation of Warren Haynes because his creativity is still on the rise and he has been on quite a roll for some time now. For guitar aficionados of that sought after quality Gibson and Marshall sound, the tracks throughout are pure ear candy. Heavenly tones of sonic crunch and mellifluous smoothness, sometimes liquid-like, other times hard as rocks and everything in between, maintain from start to finish.

    The album opens with a riff laden `Mr. High & Mighty', a track comparable to the power and excitement the band exerted in the former `Bad Little Doggie'. The guitar tone is ripping and the band rocks. `Brand New Angel' opens with funky rhythm chops. The chorus gets downright hot and nasty, and the solo and bridge sections have that Zeppelin ambience, funky and rocked up to the max. `So Weak, So Strong' begins in a mellower mode. A glassy and melodic chordal arrangement encompasses this starry-eyed ballad. Warren's wah-wah solo is brilliant. The band, as a whole, gets it going strong in `Streamline Woman'. They're definitely in a Zeppelin mode in this one as well, as `Achilles Last Stand' and `The Wanton Song' both come to mind. This is more than tolerable, as the arrangement is all Haynes. `Child Of The Earth' is a beautiful rock creation. You've got to listen to the rhythm section of longtime drummer Matt Apts and bassist Andy Hess on this one. The group effort is outstanding. Danny Louis, on guitar and keyboards, seems to be fitting in pretty good as well. The album isn't lost for diversity in song arrangement either, as `Unring The Bell' can substantiate. Haynes' fine rhythm chops and wah-wah tone move this reggae-like tune along nicely. Hess' bass chops flow perfectly in style.

    Keep in mind that Gov't Mule has been the avenue for the Haynes aptitude, the machine he uses to display his immense talent and songwriting ability. As exceptional as the whole band is, it's Haynes' show. His diversity and showmanship is the best there is these days, and he's at the top of his own game. His guitar tone, whether it's slide, (listen to `Brighter Days'), lead or rhythm, is elegant and perfect. His soulful, Gospel-like voice seems to be getting even better, as it fits every track flawlessly. It takes the atmosphere deeper as sweetness vibrates from each guitar string. A perfect example of this is `Endless Parade', done in that Hendrix/SRV mode. It's comparable to Cream as well, because each member stands out uniformly. In other words, the exceptional soloist never overshadows the equally exceptional rhythm section. `3 String George' is a brilliant instrumental bonus track. The album was recorded at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas, in early 2006, with further sessions done at Hoboken's Water Music.

    Don't be surprised when, further on down the road, High & Mighty is considered on a pedestal with the likes of Led Zeppelin II and Eat A Peach in rock and roll greatness. It may take time, as it usually does, but it's quite possible. This is an excellent rock and roll record.

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    sooooo I'm not being an ass just because I can't stand that band, but
    why not start a mule thread in the music forum?????

    instead of an new thread everytime you find someone who likes them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Metalhead View Post
    sooooo I'm not being an ass just because I can't stand that band, but
    why not start a mule thread in the music forum?????

    instead of an new thread everytime you find someone who likes them.

    Ah, Mike, sorry you don't like Mule. I respect your taste in music, nonetheless. However, just a suggestion, whenever you see a thread title authored by yours truly, just skip it. That's the thing about the internet, you choose to read what you want. I posted this particular thread, and yes, several others, because the article mentioned things such as tone, technique, songwriting, etc...Things I've always thought belonged in the "Guitar Forum." Sorry if it was misplaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Metalhead View Post
    sooooo I'm not being an ass just because I can't stand that band,
    What do you like Mikey? I think Warren Haynes is the best of what's going on with today's guitarists.

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    I was more knocking the repeated threads then the band/guitar player... but your key is mostly TODAYS players. not many of them do anything for me.
    As long as it inspires you, then crank it up my friends. If your a music lover then you are ok by me.

    I listent to mostly Vai, sat, petrucci, firkins, and now highly respect dweezle after seeing him play his dads stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Metalhead View Post
    I was more knocking the repeated threads then the band/guitar player... but your key is mostly TODAYS players. not many of them do anything for me.
    As long as it inspires you, then crank it up my friends. If your a music lover then you are ok by me.

    I listent to mostly Vai, sat, petrucci, firkins, and now highly respect dweezle after seeing him play his dads stuff.
    Who's this Firkins guy? I'm a big Vai, Satch and Dweezil fan, but never heard of Firkins. By the way, Satch and Dweezil jammed with Warren at last years Jammy awards. They apparently are fans of the Jam Band scene. Of course, Frank himself is played quite often on the Jam band channel on Sirius satelite. Warren is a big fan of Frank Zappa. In fact, Mule do an outstanding cover of Frank Zappa's "Pygmy Twylyte."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfiddl View Post
    What do you like Mikey? I think Warren Haynes is the best of what's going on with today's guitarists.
    I agree, but the thing about Warren that makes him stand above the others is his diversity as a player, songwriter, arranger, producer. On top of that, he's a very good singer. Th guy can rip out a hard rocker and then sing like an angel on some acoustic ditty. He's just so multi-talented.

 

 

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