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The jam-band realm is peppered with bands who proffer their extended sonic excursions in a manner that's usually bucolic, bordering on the mellow -- but Warren Haynes and company seldom venture into that soft-focus land. This disc, the second since the death of bassist Allen Woody, might be the Mule's hardest-kicking to date, both in terms of sonics and lyrical stance. To the former end, Haynes drags his six-string through some seriously murky waters, emerging with gnarled riffs like the ones that propel the AC/DC-styled "Mr. High & Mighty" and the adrenalized "Streamline Woman," a high-energy rave-up that sounds like the missing link between late-period Yardbirds and embryonic Led Zeppelin. True to his roots, Haynes delves into the soulful side of southern rock, lacing "Brand New Angel" with a roadhouse sensuality that could enliven even the sleepiest juke joint. The band does lift the pedal from the metal now and again -- with great success on the reggae-tinged "Unring the Bell" and less fortuitously on the lax power ballad "So Weak, So Strong" -- but for the most part, High & Mighty could pass for a hard-rock soundtrack to the sweatiest sort of workout. And that's something that feels as good as it is good for ya.
Performance CreditsGov't Mule Primary Artist
Warren Haynes Guitar,Vocals
Matt Abts Percussion,Drums
Andy Hess Bass
Danny Louis Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gordie Johnson Tambourine,Background Vocals
Ruthie Foster Background Vocals
Mighty Mighties Background Vocals
Technical CreditsWarren Haynes Composer,Producer
Brian Farmer Guitar Techician,Bass Technician
Christer Manning Art Direction
Gordie Johnson Producer,Engineer
Stefani Scamardo Management
Lance Eubanks Drum Technician
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