Review of Gov’t Mule – Shout! (Blue Note / Universal Music Canada)

Govt MuleBlues-jam band Gov’t Mule pull no punches with Shout!, their first record of new material in almost four years. That is, the band sticks close to their long running tradition of blues-based rock. And while this formula could have stagnated long ago, band guitarist and vocalist Warren Haynes tears through songs like No Reward and Stoop So Low as though his life depended on it. It isn’t strictly all about Haynes however; the latter track has some wickedly cool organ flourishes that serve to complement Haynes’ outstanding guitar work.