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Album Review

John Mellencamp took his signature blend of Stonesy rock and folk as far as it could go on Big Daddy, so he wisely returned to straight-ahead rock & roll with Whenever We Wanted. Uh-Huh was the last record he made that rocked as hard and consistently as this, and his songwriting had improved considerably in the years since that breakthrough release. Which means, of course, that Whenever We Wanted is more consistent than the earlier record, but it never reaches the highs of Uh-Huh. Even its best moments ("Love and Happiness," "Get a Leg Up," "Whenever We Wanted," "Again Tonight") shine because of their craftsmanship, failing to achieve the kinetic energy of his earlier work. Whenever We Wanted remains a solid record, but it's one that feels like a holding pattern. [In 2005 Universal remastered Mellencamp's catalog and included an extra cut on each title. Whenever We Wanted contains a completely throwaway "London Club Mix" of "Love and Happiness" remixed by Ralph Jezzard. It was originally the B-side of the Again Tonight CD single.]

Customer Reviews

Great CD

Last Chance, Love and Happiness are outstanding. Great rock album with the better sounding better than ever A must for fans

no mega-hits, but rock solid.

Great rock Mellencamp from start to finish.

the music is true

deep lyrics


Born: October 07, 1951 in Seymour, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Throughout his career, John Mellencamp has had to fight, whether it was for the right to record under his own name or for respect as an artist. Of course, he never made it easy on himself. Mellencamp began his career in the late '70s as a Bruce Springsteen clone called Johnny Cougar. As his career progressed, his music became more distinctive, developing into a Stonesy blend of hard rock and folk-rock. His musical development coincided with his growth in popularity -- by the time "Hurts So Good"...
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