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I can't agree with the reviewers that have found this disc to be "emotionless" or "slow". I personally find it to be classic Mule, full of emotion ranging from wild disappointment to simmering rage. And in "Mr. Man", Warren even takes an angry politcal stand in this election year. No, I think that there is plenty of emotion on display. And slow? Well, I guess you have to define slow. If the complaint is in regards to Warrens tendency to pen sweet and sour love songs, like "Wine & Blood" or "Perfect Shelter", than we just need to agree to disagree. Warren and the Mule have long written songs like "Towering Fool" and "World of Difference" and they define the Mule sound everybit as much as "Blind Man In The Dark" or "Bad Little Doggie". The Mules ability to straddle the considerable gap between emotive singer/songwriter and blazing rock'n'roll band is what makes the Mule the Mule. I tend to consider this album to be way heavier than The Deep End sessions or even Life Before Insanity. Are the tempos slower? Maybe, but I find the slower tempos make the songs much more powerful and affecting as a result.
Warren wears some new/old influences on his sleeve during this disc, from the Pink Floyd/Beatles feel of "Silent Scream" to the Led Zeppelin crunch of "Lola Leave Your Light On".Read more ›
To me it's a perfect tribute to Allen Woody that it takes two musicians to fill in the sound where he left off, and by not trying to replace him with an agressive player or "Woody Clone" it keeps his legacy undisturbed and worthy of tribute.
Deja Voodoo is a fine album, focused and complete. The lack of "guest spots" is in its way refreshing, because the band is doing what it does, naked and raw as it would in concert. There are "slow" spots like Blood and Wine, but Warren has always written those moodier pieces. What strikes me are the funkier grooves and the dense textures of the new material. Warren's singing is as soulful as ever, most of the songs are fine songs in their own rite and could be pulled off by other artists in new and original arrangements.
There are some long moments that could have been saved for the concert stage, but they don't drag, and let's face it, the biggest reason we listen to these guys is to hear them play as well as they do. No complaints from me on jams.
A good album, worthy of your money. For the full experience, though, see Mule live. Pretty much the best damn band touring today, and you won't break the bank to buy tickets, either!
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Great government mule cd. Every cd from them is incredible. One of the best bands around todayPublished 9 months ago by e.e.f1969
The Gov't Mule music is good, as always. However, advertising says the Deja Voodoo CD package includes a second EP (Extended Paly CD). Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Bill Sims
This cd is one of the best I have heard. almost every song is great. By far their best. thanksPublished on January 15, 2014 by jimmy perez
This is an outstanding album. I'll say that it is on my top 30 list, and I'm a fan of the Beatles, Stones, ABB, Grateful Dead.. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Alessio Impronta
Other reviews cover the contents. If you like Mule or Warren I think its a great release. More musically complex than some other releases and not just extended jams. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by BMC
Gov't Mule - Déjà Voodoo (2004) 12 Tracks ***** (75:54)
While listening to all my Gov't Mule cd's recently to write reviews on them, I have really grown to... Read more