High & Mighty review by Gov't Mule

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  • Released: Aug 22, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.2 (16 votes)
Gov't Mule: High & Mighty

Sound — 10
The album keeps Mule's raunchy, southern blues, and sounds amazing, whether it be Warren's sublime guitar work, clever solo's and all round versatility on guitar, to keyboard parts which provide everything from small melodic flourishes to full blown solos. for this album, the Mule open strong with the Thunderous "Mr. High and Mighty", aheavy blues track, and definately keep the theme throughout. Many of the songs remind me of Zepp's Physical grafitti, the thunderous guitar parts drawing the song together, and definately on "Streamline women" there's great element's of Zepp's "Boogie with Stu." Warren also uses a lot of wah effects on this album, not only to spice up solo's, but also for "Unring The Bell", a very Reggae song, with a wonderfully spooky organ part. Then there's the quieter "Million miles away" and "nothing again", both of which provide nice contrasts to some of the heavier stuff. Also, the bass and drums throughout is outstanding, their reputation as an amazing live "Jam Band" really shines through, from small bass flourishes to rock solid drumming on pieces with some strange timing, such a "Streamline women."

Lyrics — 10
Warren's lyrics are absolutely outstanding, reflecting current society in "Like Flies", scathing the intellect of those obsessed by talentless celebrity culture, also echoed in "Endless Parade", through to the more down to earth lyrics and themes of love and loss, in songs such "Brand New Angel" and "Nothing Again" respectively.

Overall Impression — 10
Another strong album from the Mule, which is sure not to disappoint old fans, and is great for the newcomers to the Mule Train. Songs such as "High And Mighty" and "Unring The Bell" are masterful, and lyrically each song is hugely provocative, but never pretencious. Worth every single penny.

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    reviews not bad but i mean its definitly biased. liek you gave good reasons for stuff but then overdid it on how you ranked it.
    Stop Messin'
    K!!LsWiTcH wrote: but then overdid it on how you ranked it.
    Hmmmm.....maybe he actually liked the album enough to rate it 10?