Every now and again, bands will fuse redneck aesthetics with various rock genres, to greater or lesser effect. In this case, Mule bolts that stuff onto noise rock, bolstered by the usual good engineering job by Steve Albini. I don't think that it's really inventive enough to make the three-piece lineup shine, and I'm not super attracted to the hillbilly stuff, so, uh, I guess this isn't great.
Yes, I did get both of their albums, why do you ask?
The Presidents of the United States of America, "Cleveland Rocks"
Most people know this as the theme song to The Drew Carey show, which of course it is. But, did you know that this is actually a cover? The Presidents' version is actually pretty faithful, but check it out for yourself.
The Shins, "One by One All Day"
The Shins are a charter member of the Always Enjoyable But Also Forgettable club for me, for bands that I always have a good time listening to but forget they exist as soon as a song stops. This is very pleasant, I like this! And I will absolutely not recall a thing about it in about three minutes.
The Austerity Program, "Song 25"
Seems like it's been a little while since we had a real knuckle-dragger in here. This is just so stripped down but is all the more effective for it.
Big Black, "Passing Complexion"
Well, there's the inspiration for the Austerity Program right there. Feels like we're done here today!