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Apprentice To Ghosts

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Like all Mules albums, this one has been no small task in getting finalized and out the door because of numerous unforeseeable incidents and accidents (see other posts). Regardless, we are pleased to have finally reached the finish line and are pumped about the record in its final form. We recorded 11 of the 12 tracks in Charlottesville, Virginia over 5 days in December, 2011. The only overdubs were a result of a single human being not being able to play two instruments at once. This has long been a goal of ours; to make a live record in a short period of time under one roof. The roster of songs for Apprentice seemed to fit that format perfectly especially when catalyzed by a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle 12 Year Old that Andy and Mason once received as payment for doing a show for our friend Billy Reid. We d been saving it for a special occasion. Thanks Billy. Unfortunately, the bottle didn t last until day two of the session. Our rate has increased to 2 bottles / show now. As always, our thanks to Chris Kress for running the board and keeping us on task.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lower 40
  • ASIN: B007AVP3P4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By B. Dunn on November 28, 2012
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It bothers me that there isn't a full-on review of this album. It deserves better. Anyway:

I think country music is at its best when it serves as a "life soundtrack", i.e., it's the music in the background, the stuff that should be playing on your road trip, etc. As with past WNM albums, Apprentice to Ghosts is fantastic in that regard. The songs insinuate themselves into your consciousness without your having to work at it; this isn't Massive Attack or Radiohead, but it is exactly what it should be.

That said, the album is a somber one and one that sounds like middle age. Lyrics (and, largely, the instrumentation) are thoughtful, wistful, and full of loss and uncertainty. The "ghosts" in the album title (and the excellent track by the same name) aren't exactly Casper. This isn't WNM at their happy-go-luckiest. It's not WNM at their most accessible (if you're not familiar with WNM, Let the Lead Fly is probably an easier entry point).

For me, the stand-out tracks are the down-tempo songs that hew most closely to the album's theme. The opener, "When the Wheels Touch Down", sets the mood perfectly; the wheels touching down augers having to deal with difficulty and loss and the song's reverbing guitars add a sense of weight and gravity. "On Wounded Knee" sounds like a country-fied and made-personal version of a mid-career R.E.M. song, which turns out to be much more effective and affecting than most (all?) mid-career R.E.M. songs. My favorite on the album, "Apprentice to Ghosts", is quiet and pensive. It's refrain, "apprentice to ghosts I'm learning to be / apprentice to ghosts and dead leaves", speaks to a humble sort of hope that begins to apply a positive spin to the album.
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The Wrinkle Neck Mules are an excellent alt/country rock band out of Richmond, VA. Their hooks are excellent, the song writing intelligent and musicianship is superb. This is not their best album, that would be Pull The Brake, but it is so much better than anything else out there. I never understand why a great band like this struggles and other talentless bands make it.
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FINALLY found the CD and the song Central Daylight Time featured in the Geico commercial where everyone is dancing country fabulous song!!!!!
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By Andrew on November 29, 2014
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Great album. Listenable the whole way through.
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By Rix Rat on November 4, 2014
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Bought this for the central time because it is the song used on the Geico commercial.
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By RDM on June 26, 2015
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I found these guys completely by accident, but I'm glad I did. My favorite album from these guys right now is an earlier album "Pull The Brake". I also own their newest album and their first album. There is not bad song that I have ever heard from them. I have a hard time putting this music into a genre. I like Rock, Country, Bluegrass, and Blues. This music is a bit of all of that. " Apprentice To Ghosts" is an outstanding album. One of the rare albums that you sing along with throughout. Highly recommended. I hope they tour Florida. I'm in!
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