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08/16/2010 - John's new album is getting widespread critical praise! We have posted dozens of reviews in the NEWS section of Mellencamp.com. Additionally, several articles have arrived that include interviews with John that help tell the story of the new album and the Fall Tour. We have links to some of the best ones after the jump... Read More
08/15/2010 - You won't find any pickup-truck anthems here. Mellencamp's 21st disc is a nostalgically rustic set of folk, country and rockabilly gems, recorded on a mono tape deck as musicians gathered around one mic in historic locales like Sun Studios. It doesn't get much simpler than this --and thanks to the earthy songcraft and T Bone Burnett's unproduction, it doesn't get much better.

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08/15/2010 - Read Jeff Miers full review of No Better Than This Here is an excerpt: "He is after a piece of the country’s soul. That he felt it necessary to look so far back to find a remnant of that soul might be interpreted as a commentary in and of itself..." Read More
08/14/2010 - Read Bob Purvis' full review of No Better Than This Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp's music has always flirted with the early music of the South, whether it's country, gospel, folk or blues..."

"His new record, "No Better Than This," in stores Tuesday, is perhaps his greatest and purest love letter to those musical forms..."

"Save Some Time to Dream" may be the best song he's written in decades. Read More
08/14/2010 - Read NUVO's review of No Better Than This and On The Rural Route 7609 by Scott Shoger. Here is an excerpt: "Mellencamp and Burnett almost manage to retroject Mellencamp's work into the era which inspired it: His country shuffles and proto-rock tunes wouldn't sound too out of a place on a lost reel of Sun Studios outtakes, and a Robert Johnson inspired tune, "Right Behind Me," could have been cut by a country blues musician hot on Johnson's tail..." Read More
08/13/2010 - Read The Chicago Tribune full review of No Better Than This by Greg Kot. Here is an excerpt: "Whatever you think of Mellencamp, this is the kind of record that will compel a re-evaluation, an out-of-leftfield shot that mostly works because of its modesty, shagginess and humor..."

"a warm blend of complementary sounds that is a step away from a spontaneous field recording..." Read More
08/13/2010 - A second show has been added in Bloomington for Saturday, October 30th at the IU Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now via pre-sale. The password is clumsyolworld.Head to TicketMaster.com to purchase tickets today!

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08/13/2010 - Read Muruch.com Blog Review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "an organic, lo-fi blend of blues, folk, country and rock. ..you need to hear the 21st century Mellencamp.." Read More
08/13/2010 - John Mellencamp is such an old-timey, small-town kind of guy that he recorded his new album in mono. That's entirely fitting, since quite a few of this baker's dozen of new tunes (produced by T Bone Burnett) sound like lost classics plucked from scratchy old 78 rpm discs. Compelling and heartfelt, No Better Than This feels tantalizingly timeless. Recommended to anyone who's spent the 
 past few years obsessively revisiting Bob Dylan's Love and Theft. Read More
08/13/2010 - Read Metro Canada's News Review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "a lo-fi triumph of Americana folk rock a la Johnny Cash..." Read More
08/13/2010 - No Better Than This 13 new songs - Review By Jeff Spevak: "Save some time to dream, save some time for yourself," Mellencamp sings in the opening moments here, and that's what he did. While touring last summer with Dylan and Willie Nelson, Mellencamp wrote 13 new songs that sound very old and slipped off with some band mates to historic sites: Sun Studio, Savannah's First African Baptist Church, even a hotel room where Robert Johnson once recorded. It's a great idea. Sharing one microphone, everyone picks up on the dark, vintage vibe, particularly guitarist Marc Ribot. It's in stores next Tuesday. Read More
08/12/2010 - After the jump we have the list of our pre-sale passwords for 13 of John's fall concerts. The pre-sales end Friday night so act quickly! Amazing quality tickets are available in our pre-sale and please share the password with your friends, family and co-workers. There is no better way to enjoy a Mellencamp concert than from great seats! Read More
08/11/2010 - MILWAUKEE—Farm Aid today announced an expanded lineup that crosses genres for its 25th anniversary music and food festival on Saturday, October 2, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Click "Read More" to read who will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Read More
08/11/2010 - Beginning Monday, August 16th, John Mellencamp will perform each night for a week on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley,” sharing an exclusive preview of his new album No Better Than This with “Smiley” viewers. Mellencamp will also sit down with fellow Hoosier Tavis to explain his musical journey and why he decided to emphasize traditional American folk, country and blues on the album.


"Save Some Time To Dream"
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08/10/2010 - Read The New Yorker Magazine full review of No Better Than This by Ben Greenman. Here is an excerpt: "The album is drenched in historical significance..."

"this wise, charming album is less a stiff historical re-creation than a highly personal testimonial on the order of Bob Dylan’s “Good as I Been to You” or Loudon Wainwright III’s “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.” In fact, the traditional forms seem to free up Mellencamp’s songwriting..." Read More
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