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08/25/2010 - Read Todd Martens' full review of No Better Than This originally from the Los Angeles Times (here via the Lexington Herald Reader). Here are some excerpts: "the backdrop is intimate, relaxed and more than a little quaint..."

"No Better Than This” risks being written off as retro gimmick..."

"Instead, such tracks as “Right Behind Me” go for the throat, with each slow pluck of the guitar haunting the shadows.."

"Mellencamp slips into a rocking chair groove on the lost-lover lament of “Don’t Forget About Me” and concedes that he’s “spotty at best.” Over the course of his 30-plus-year career, sure, but not here..." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Nick Cristiano of The Philadelphia Inquirer full review. Here are some excerpts: "there is nothing affected about Mellencamp's performance, or his songs.."

"earning his own place in the traditions he so obviously wants to be a part of..." Read More
08/25/2010 - By Josh Hathaway

John Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett team up once again for the follow up to their first collaboration, Life Death Love And Freedom and once again there is a sonic concept. Life Death… was recorded and offered in something of a high-definition audio format developed by Burnett. This set was recorded with the band playing in three historic locations using one vintage microphone. Those three locations? Sun Studios in Memphis, the San Antonio hotel room where Robert Johnson made his first iconic recordings, and the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga (the oldest Black church in the US). Click HERE to read the article on the Seattlepi.com site. Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Keith Phipps' A- review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "It’s as if Mellencamp expected any residual magic hanging around those locations to rub off on his own music. Thing is, he might have been onto something. The direct, spare No Better Than This—Mellencamp even eschews stereo—has a timeless sound and songs that do right by their classic blues, rock, and country inspirations..."

"not just aspiring to sound like the classics that made him love music, but matching them..." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Hits Daily Double blogger Roy Trakin's full review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "his album celebrating rock’s roots has a real feel of authenticity.."

"Mellencamp has made the kind of late-period album that justifies the auteur theory, offering a career-capping summary which spans from earliest influences to the kind of well-earned craftsmanship that looks back and forward at the same time. “Don’t forget about me,” he sings in the song of the same name. Expect No Better Than This to be remembered come Grammy time..."

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08/25/2010 - Denise Quan's of CNN recently interviewed John on the rooftop of the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles before his Grammy Museum show about his new project, his political future and his contribution to the world. Read the full feature and interview. Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Dan Penman's full review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: Mellencamp's songwriting talent shows no absolutely signs of diminishing. The result is an absolutely timeless album. No Better Than This could literally have been recorded at any time in the last 60 years, and in any era it would have been received as a triumph. Read More
08/25/2010 - Read the full concert preview from The Source Weekly. Here is an excerpt: "A roots rocker long before the term existed, Mellencamp is the unparalleled chronicler of life in the rural heartland..." Read More
08/24/2010 - Read the full article of The United Kingdom's Sunday Times. Here is an excerpt: "Any American artist pondering how to make their next album more authentic might as well give up now: John Mellencamp has already beaten you to it. All of this would be gimmickry if the music wasn't any good. Fortunately, this low-key, eclectic mix of folk, country and rockabilly styles thoroughly deserves the care taken over its creation." Read More
08/24/2010 - Mellencamp's journey from teen idol to a roots archivist of the Springsteen/Dylan stripe is one of the most fascinating in the last 35 years of American rock. This collection of T Bone Burnett-produced, rough rider acoustic rock and snake blues, is proof positive that maturity gracefully IS possible. Gritty, impassioned and illuminating. Read More
08/23/2010 - Read Mark Jordan's of The Commercial Appeal full No Better Than This feature. Here are some excerpts: "As he craned his neck up toward the single bullet microphone that hovered in the middle of the room, John Mellencamp resembled another singer who had stood on the exact spot at 706 Union more than 50 years earlier..."

"Sure, the Indiana-bred Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is shorter than Elvis Presley, and, at 57, his face showed the wear of 15 years that "The King" of rock and roll never lived to see. But there was a suggestion of Elvis in the sweep of Mellencamp's thick, greasy black hair. And when he and his band launched into the bouncy, mid-tempo rockabilly number "Coming Down the Road," the sound was so instantly familiar you half expected to see Sam and Scotty and Bill in the room as well..." The article includes several photos from the Sun Studio recording session. Read More
08/23/2010 - The Bloomington Herald Times newspaper has a Mellenblog where several Mellencamp fans document and muse about John's career. Read blogger Christine Herndon’s thoughtful piece about John's new album No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "I’ve always been told that I can express what many of John’s feel with eloquence, grace, and honesty. I hope this time is no different. His latest release is quite extraordinary and any words used to offer up an opinion should be nothing less than the same." Read More
08/23/2010 - On Monday, August 16th, during his interview on PBS' "Tavis Smiley" show, John, half joking and half assigning, told Tavis that he was the host of the October 2nd Farm Aid concert in Milwaukee. Tavis laughed after being put on the spot, but today it was announced that Tavis has accepted! Read More
08/23/2010 - NPR, for a limited time, is streaming the entire No Better Than This album on their website - LISTEN NOW. Additionally, NPR's Fresh Air re-aired John's excellent 2007 40 minute interview with host Terry Gross - LISTEN NOW. Highlights of that interview are featured after the jump. Read More
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