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Genius? No. Honest? Absolutely.

John Mellencamp is one of the few artists out there who continues to improve with age. In spite of (or perhaps in an effort to escape from) his chart topping hits like "Hurt So Good" and "Jack and Diane", he continues to push that proverbial boulder up the hill, and for my part, I respect him all the more for it. I personally despise his early records and maintain that his first good song was "Pink Houses" and his first full good record was "Scarecrow". His latest endeavor, "Life Death Love and Freedom" is far from a work of musical genius, but does communicate a sense of sincerity, honesty and grittyness that is the essence of any good piece of art. Quite simply, LDLF represents some of Mellencamp's best work ever. The studio cuts of the album have largely been criticized for being "too dark", so in true Mellencamp fashion, he sets out with his live tour to denounce the critics and plays the songs in various arrangements that inject a spark of hope and livliness. The shining star on the live album is undeniably "If I Die Sudden", a song that was completely rearranged in such a way that I think actually works better than the original. T-Bone Burnett and Mellenacmp are a team that struck a uniquely American chord with this record and it's a partnership that I hope continues to grow with his forthcoming album "No Better Than This".


Sounds like John Prine in some of these tracks. Not a bad thing.

One of my favorite albums!

I have listened to JM's music since the beginning. This man is one of the greatest story tellers of his time. His songs tell us what we need to hear- if I were to choose from this album the best songs- Troubled Land, County Fair, Don't Need This Body, Young Without Lovers. Saw him in concert in July-hadn't seen him since '94- he still has got it- the moves, the voice, the looks- Hope he continues to move us with his words and songs!


Born: October 7, 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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