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High & Mighty

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Mr. High & Mighty
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Brand New Angel
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So Weak, So Strong
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Streamline Woman
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Child of the Earth
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Like Flies
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Unring the Bell
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Nothing Again
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Million Miles from Yesterday
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Brighter Days
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Endless Parade
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3 String George (Bonus Track)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 71:55

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A brilliant return to form!

thebigm

I've had this for a while and I keep coming back to it. This is a really strong set, right up there with Gov't Mule and Dose, and here all the songs are originals. I'd start with the title track, "Unring the Bell", "Nothing Again", and "Million Miles", but there's a ton of great stuff here. The only negative for me is "Streamline Woman", but Warren seems to always put one in there that makes me cringe, particularly on the subject of women. What can you do? The rest is pure gold!

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Grate Album

ThisIsMyNickname

Great album... Very hard not to like at all. Nice groove.

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Solid rock & roll

EMUSIC-00907EFE

In addition to playing with tha Allman Brothers, Warren Haynes is touring with the Dead (filling the guitar spot of Jerry Garcia). This disc is more Black Crowes than jam band. It's certainly worth a listen.

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pretty good

glramseyjr

Very solid album, not without its weak points, but good. Not as good as Deja Voodoo, but obviously still impressive. Favourite track: Brand New Angel.

They Say All Music Guide

Let’s get this out of the way: Warren Haynes is a great guitar player. Gov’t Mule was formed to showcase that talent, but since the death of Allen Woody, the Mule has become more of a band again with Haynes at the focus as opposed to just a rhythm section backing him. High & Mighty is the second release to feature Danny Louis and Andy Hess alongside Haynes and longtime drummer Matt Abts, and it continues on the course they charted with Déjà Voodoo. Playing with a myriad of bass players following the death of Allen Woody almost certainly helps push Gov’t Mule in some new musical directions, and this new lineup keeps adding new elements to their sound. Sure, you get plenty of great guitar riffs and bluesy soloing, but the intro to “So Weak, So Strong” almost sounds like Ali Farka Toure (the dumbek of the first verse is a nice touch, too), and “Unring the Bell” is Mule-style reggae, complete with cavernous drums and trippy dub flourishes. There was also a certain funkiness that crept in on Déjà Voodoo, well manifested here in the bonus track, “3 String George,” which sounds like an alternate universe Meters. And while there’s nothing really overt, it seems that songs like “Like Flies” and “Unring the Bell” flirt with the political. Louis’ keyboards play a mostly supporting role, though he gets a couple nice solos (“Brand New Angel” and “Brighter Days”) and trades licks with Haynes on “Endless Parade.” Of course, the rhythm section is rock-solid, but the star of the show is Warren Haynes with his soulful vocals and fantastic guitar playing. You won’t get flashy showboating, just tough as nails playing free of rock guitar clichés. “Brand New Angel” and “Like Flies” both have some great meaty slide work too. Even though only three of the 12 tracks are shorter than five minutes, it’s only on “Endless Parade” that one gets a sense that they’re really stretching out thanks to Haynes’ imaginative playing. There aren’t many bands out there still working this type of tough rock & roll, and Haynes’ talents put Gov’t Mule at the top of that list. – Sean Westergaard

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