Good god, I do love when a new album comes from out of nowhere to absolutely blindside me! Ladies and gentlemen, consider your search for the best album of 2017 officially over thanks to Gov’t Mule.
Rocking hard and heavy, but not obnoxiously so, this “side project” of The Allman Brothers Band shows precisely why that group remains one of the best jam bands ever. The Mule starts out strong on “Stone Cold Rage,” reminiscent of both ‘70s and ‘80s sounds, and following track “Drawn That Way” is a rocking good time as well. “Pressure Under Fire” boasts echoes of The Band, and I challenge you to not hear the Dead’s influence on “Traveling Tune.”
This album is absolutely rocking, and “Dreams & Songs” continues the party with deep-seated rockers’ love for the music that transcends time, genres and the animosities of daily life (trust me, it’ll make you groove!). The fellas even have time to sprinkle in a trippy blues cut, with “Burning Point” bringing in Texas ax-man Jimmie Vaughan, and Gov’t Mule keeps the bluesiness rolling on “Easy Times,” which bears a hint of CSNY and gospel for good measure.
The only lesser song I find is “Sarah, Surrender,” but maybe it’s a bit too “Yacht Rock” for my tastes. Be that as it may, Revolution Come…Revolution Go should be added to any real or virtual album shelf post-haste.
Revolution Come. Revolution Go
Rock & roll has always been a reflection of the times, and the new Mule is no exception.