10 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At 62 years old, John Mellencamp sounds much more comfortable in his own skin. The years he spent trying to find an audience and a voice made him understand the preciousness of his situation when he broke through in the ‘80s, and his performances have always kept his audience in mind. He recorded his 22nd album in his home state of Indiana with Americana veteran T Bone Burnett executive-producing. It's a stripped-down, lyrically rich collection of songs, ranging from the poignancy of relationship troubles of “Tears in Vain” to the dark humor guiding the political commentary of “Lawless Times.” Acoustic instrumentation throughout creates more of the naturalistic sound that Mellencamp has been seeking over the past number of years, though a tune like “Good Charlotte” benefits from a hint of organ and “Lawless Times” punctuates its grooves with a nice bluesy electric guitar. Mellencamp's voice is clearly roughed up; at times it sounds like the heir to Bob Dylan’s weathered croak, just 10 years behind.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

At 62 years old, John Mellencamp sounds much more comfortable in his own skin. The years he spent trying to find an audience and a voice made him understand the preciousness of his situation when he broke through in the ‘80s, and his performances have always kept his audience in mind. He recorded his 22nd album in his home state of Indiana with Americana veteran T Bone Burnett executive-producing. It's a stripped-down, lyrically rich collection of songs, ranging from the poignancy of relationship troubles of “Tears in Vain” to the dark humor guiding the political commentary of “Lawless Times.” Acoustic instrumentation throughout creates more of the naturalistic sound that Mellencamp has been seeking over the past number of years, though a tune like “Good Charlotte” benefits from a hint of organ and “Lawless Times” punctuates its grooves with a nice bluesy electric guitar. Mellencamp's voice is clearly roughed up; at times it sounds like the heir to Bob Dylan’s weathered croak, just 10 years behind.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
126 Ratings
126 Ratings
mdkrun ,

JCM an Artist

Funny how he was ridiculed for not caring in his early Cougar years and now 30 years later writing heartfelt music he's being ridiculed for caring. I enjoy the fact that he has the willingness to reinvent himself and is not just putting out the same old S$&*t.

rockn88 ,

Exactly as i expected

This guy lost all direction 20 years ago. Dull, boring, uninspired. I miss John "Cougar" cause that guy knew how to rock! Used to buy everything he put out, those days are over.

Bwteal ,

Those that can’t hear it, don’t understand

For all that are critics of the sound or want the old Cougar, grow up. We all do and he did too. If you listen, it’s there, just with a lifetime of experience to cure it into what it is now. It’s still classic Mellencamp for those that want to hear it.

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