Revolution Come…Revolution Go starts out as it means to go on – strident opener Stone Cold Rage setting the scene for an album that imagines political debate and social commentary wrapped up in a heady mix of heavy blues, classic rock and country.
If Warren Haynes and co. carefully (and sensibly) mask their own allegiances, the powerful messages and pertinent themes arrive thick and fast through soul-searching lyrics penned on the day – and in the immediate aftermath – of the 2016 US election.
Whether Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Labour, this is a modern-day rock record guaranteed to resonate with fans across the board – the epic Thorns Of Life is almost nine minutes of truly remarkable genre-defying Haynes at his unpredictable best.
Don Was weighs in with co-production credits on the emotive Dreams & Songs and the feisty Pressue Under Fire but skip to Burning Point for one of this brilliant record’s sizzling highlights – a visceral Jimmie Vaughan guitar masterclass.
Ten studio albums in and Gov’t Mule really should be gracing the globe’s biggest arenas and headlining the summer festival circuit. For now Haynes and co. remain a cult band par excellence and one of rock’s very best kept secrets.