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Anything Warren Haynes is going to be great beyond expectations. Then with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) on "Broke Down on the Brazos" I almost lost my mind, it is so great. This is the music that has the rest of the world shaking it's head over that American Blues sound.
By A Thread (2009) An Honest **** stars. 11 tracks (67:42)Well, I don't know what everybody is hung up on regarding this new Gov't Mule album. I think it's great. And, if you are a true fan of this band, you should like it too. I guess I'm just not as "critical" of Warren amp; Co. as some people are. I don't claim to be a long-time fan. I discovered the Mule back in 2005 just by a chance hearing of the track The Deepest End on internet radio one night. I looked up the band and soon purchased The Deep End Vol. 1. That's all it took. Then I worked my way backwards and forwards thru their catalog of music.Now I know everybody including myself loves The Deep End. But, just like all good bands and musicians, it is time to keep moving forward and let their "sound" evolve. If you don't, then you just become stagnant or formulative. This is Gov't Mule, not Nickelback or AC/DC! Warren and Company will always have a blues base, but they should be able to stretch out a little and change things up every once in a while without the "fans" immediately ridiculing them. Nothing but straight ahead blues rock and searing guitar solos can get repetitive and eventually boring.When I gave By A Thread its first spin I did not think that much of it. Nothing reached out and grabbed me, but practically no album has ever touched me on the first go round. I've now listened to it a few times at home and in the car driving to work. Gets better every time. I like all kinds of music, from Blues Rock to Progressive Metal, and I am a fan of Mr Warren Haynes. I like his guitar playin' (who doesn't?!) and I like his deep soulful voice. I recently got to listen to his one and (I think) only solo album from back in the mid 90's - Tales of Ordinary Madness. Although many people are also critical of that piece of work, due to it NOT being very similar to what he later accomplished with Gov't Mule, I enjoyed it very much. Maybe I just have a much more open mind when it comes to music. I'm also not so much of a "music snob" that I can't simply enjoy straight up hard rock.OK, back to By A Thread. There are a lot of different "styles" of music on this album. I especially like that there are more Keyboards on this album than we ever got in the past. Many of the songs change tempo mid-way thru and go off in a seemingly different direction (very cool).Song Notes:Broke Down on the Brazos: **** A Rockin' Opener. A little more pop-rock than the straight up blues that we're used to, but that's OK. Song features guest musician Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame.Steppin' Lightly: (7:10) **** another mid-tempo rocker. Nice guitar solo.Railroad Boy: ***** this song has the lyrics and theme of an old-time traditional blues song, but played with a modern feel and arrangement. One of the best songs here.Monday Mourning Meltdown : **** ½ (8:08) slower paced song with kind of an "experimental" sound due to some spacey keyboards that create an interesting atmosphere. Is it a war protest song? It does have some vague references to the Patriot Act and soldiers blood on the battlefield.Gordon James: *** sorry, nothing special here. Just a basic song.Any Open Door: **** fast paced rocker with some big , fat, guitar tone coming right at you in the first few bars and not letting up until the song ends.Frozen Fear: *** ½ I would almost describe this as a quick-paced ballad. Basically a nice pop-rock song.Forevermore: **** this one opens up with just acoustic guitar and Warrens vocals. Very quiet. About midway thru they kick it up a notch and jam a little before eventually slowing back down to a whisper quiet acoustic ending. A beautifully sad song of about loss.Inside Outside Woman Blues #3: ***** (9:00) Scorching guitar! Now this is the kind of Blues that most fans want and love from Warren amp; Co. and we get almost 9 minutes of this awesome classic Mule jam fest.Scenes from a Troubled Mind: (7:27) **** ½ another slow, cool, bluesy track. Very nice vocal harmonies and background keyboards, and what do you know, midway thru they completely kick this thing into high gear and let loose. Also another long song at over 7 minutes.World Wake Up : *** nothing special. Total Average: 4.04 starsCompact Disc includes a 14 page booklet with photos of the band and complete lyrics in a regular plastic jewel case.
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Being an Allman Brothers fan, Gov't Mule are a band I have been curious about for years, but have never gotten around to picking up any of their stuff. After reading several positive reviews of this album, I decided to give it a shot. I am very glad that I did, as "By A Thread" has become one of my favorite releases of 2009. The band mix traditional blues, with a modern jam band sensibility and a touch of reggae to meld a groove that is irresistible. Along with the tight music, lyrically all of the songs are strong as well. Warren Haynes guitar leads the charge, with the rest of the band providing scorching accompaniment. I like every track on the disc especially "Railroad Boy", "Any Open Window", and the jamming "Inside Outside Woman Blues #3". I am definitely going to check out more of this band's catalogue in the future.Very nice press and looks as good as it sounds with the orange vinyl !!Excellent southern style, guitar amp; drum heavy rock with bluesy vocals! In the style of E.C. or ZZ Top! Deserves a six star rating! Thanx!Govt' Mule has done a good job, as discussed in the liner notes of this album, of breaking new ground and yet staying connected with their roots. They have employed new rhythms and kept old ones. The same tone you are used to from the albums Gov't Mule, Deja Voodoo, The Deep End vol 1 and 2 come thru so you won't be surprised as I was when I bought their 2007 album Mighty High. That was not an album I reviewed online, it was on a whim. Every other album I like, just not Mighty High. I own every album they have put out except Dose. I like the live versions better. You will like this album. Newcomers to Gov't Mule might like the strong guitar strumming, keyboard work by Danny Louis, and Warren Haynes Vocals. Deep, soulful, Bluesy, and passionate music. If I were to replace my early Rolling Stones albums, this is the artist I would chose, hands down.Gov't Mule is one of the best live bands you will ever see. Warren Haynes is unbelievable as a musician. As a songwriter, he is good but not spectacular. Hence, G Mule studio albums are not on par with their live shows or live albums.This album is worth owning, and will be no surprise to fans of the band. To me, Dose was their best studio album, and ever since the albums have all been strong but never stellar. This one is the same. I feel like some of the songs could have been left off (like from song 9 on). Maybe it's just because by that point you've been listening to the album for an hour and it's enough already, but the quality of the last few songs seems to be a big drop off. Cheap mail order sales Purchase Wholesale Cheap Merry Christmas ornaments ribbon 1/4 sheet (10.5 x 8 in.) Edible Purchase Wholesale our mission is to be the global platform for luxury fashion, connecting creators, curators and consumers.