Freight Train Boogie Life, Death, Love and Freedom Album Review
11.21.2008 - 4 Stars - Hereís an artist who has regularly found favour over the years in this particular quarter, being the mid-western equivalent of Bruce Springsteen, advocating for the downtrodden and desperate losers of society. Itís a natural fit for Mellencamp, whoís had to fight for his artistic freedom on more than one occasion over the span of his career. Itís a style that has worked well over time, but on Life Death Love And Freedom itís Mellencamp himself whoís the subject for the majority of the songs and, quite frankly, at times things get somewhat sticky. Make no mistake here, heís an artist of the first order and a perfectionist for getting the sound that he wants; you canít fault the production values herein. Itís that thereís something uncomfortable about listening to the self-doubts and confessed frailties of a reputable fighter such as Mellencamp. Maybe itís just a bit disconcerting to see/hear the innermost human facets of his life? Whatever the reason(s), the man has earned the right to sing what he wants, and to hell with what I think. Itís still a good piece of work, just donít get caught up in the mood.
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