Gov’t Mule New Album Revolution Come…Revolution Go
The title is intriguing is this a politically fueled message or a reflection on the crazy merry ground life we are spinning through? Revolution Come…Revolution Go; is as diverse and exciting as Gov’t Mule can be; expect a musical exploration as roots music infused with all its off-shoots. The album’s cover a soldier atop a broken toy mule facing the wrong way as he yells through an orange street cone; is so retro and so modern just like the music. Unarguably Richard Borge’s artwork captures the concept and drive of an album reflecting a crazy moment in history.
This is a musical cocktail never shaken but careful turned with each revolution of the turntable a musical spice is added; jazz, rock, blues and country the sonic layers fuse together and then separated into the individual parts the result is a delicious Gov’t Mule experience. The album flows with an introspective feel, whilst full of angst and pain this is a revolution down a road of life worn and traveled with the undertow of the impact of politics of our lives. Opening with Stone Cold Rage and closing with Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground this was never going to be a happy sunny uplands gentle lyrics driven melody. This is Gov’t Mule rocking it out with fiery riffs, cascading chords from the keys and riding through the middle of deep dark rhythms Warren Haynes’ vocals.
We are introduced to the latest offering from the Mule with a guitar sound that is huge, fast with an inner urgency as the keys join into the auditory playground. There is a primeval fear in the rhythms conjured by Matt Abts & Jorgen Carlssons Drum and Bass mix; with a funky sound that punctuates the power of the lyrics “Something Happened in The Back Woods… Stone Cold Rage in The Hinterland”. The other two politically driven numbers are Pressure Under Fire and the title track. Reflecting the turmoil in the Country when the group started recording the album on Election Day November 2016. The upsets and uncertainties continue throughout the world. Elections no longer have a certainty there is an undercurrent of rage and fear resulting in surprise. The line is Pressure Under Fire – We have to work together to get out of this mess; resonates throughout society. Warren’s vocals have an emotional edge the music builds and we want the lyrics to be a new truth a reality that is no longer based on falsehoods.
We turn in to ourselves with a country fueled Travelling Tune, haunting with the sharp simple melody that like a journey unfolding full of shades and shadows pierced with the glimpse of sun. The country feel flows through with Thorn of Light and onto the title track. Revolution Comes … Revolution Goes sparkles with intent. With the jam like feel of the multi-instrumental beaks this is a revolution of intent, considered with clear constructed argument, the fury is cold rather than hot and dragging and all the more dangerous for it. The title track along with Sarah, Surrender are the two stand out tracks on an album that is compulsive listening from beginning to end. The keys from Danny Louis is full of funky tones, mixing in with a cocktail of sound as jazz and soul swirl through the melody, The guitar is sharp and determined and the drumming intense. With the addition of Jimmy Vaughan’s guitar into the mix Burning Point is blues swirling in a psychedelic haze of deliciousness.
The album is a perfect set list and with the Deluxe version you hear some of the tracks recorded live. This is a journey through the wealthy golden rich seam of Gov’t Mule signature styles. As they close out with Carlsson’s arrangement of classic blues number from Blind Willie Johnson, Dark Was The Night Cold Was The Ground. This is a blues overload with a drone, moan and depth of blues textures that revitalise the music, the perfect ending to an album that owns so much to the traditions of roots music. Warren Haynes hollers the opening lines and the melody picks up the tone as the story unfolds.
With the concept of expect the unexpected, the certainty of Revolution Comes…Revolution Goes is the music is stunning, a ray of sparkling light, a shaft of hope this is a community of musicians communicating to a larger gathering of Mule fans everywhere.
TENdoodle paws out of TEN ….
Revolution Come…Revolution Go Standard Track-listing:
- Stone Cold Rage
- Drawn That Way
- Pressure Under Fire
- The Man I Want To Be
- Traveling Tune
- Thorns Of Life
- Dreams & Songs
- Sarah, Surrender
- Revolution Come, Revolution Go
- Burning Point (ft. Jimmie Vaughan)
- Easy Times
- Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
Deluxe Version – Bonus CD:
- What Fresh Hell
- Outside Myself
- Revolution Come, Revolution Go (Alternate Version)
- The Man I Want To Be (Live In Studio Version)
Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground (Live In Studio Version)