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08/17/2010 - Before 1985's Scarecrow, John Mellencamp had his band learn dozens of '60s rock classics note for note. Twenty-five years later, he and producer T Bone Burnett traveled to historic spaces — including locations where Robert Johnson and Elvis Presley recorded their first sides — to cut rockabilly and country-blues period pieces. "It's not my nature to be nostalgic at all," Mellencamp sings on Thinking About You. These songs speak from an awareness of the past, not a desire to relive it.

Download: Save Some Time to Dream, No Better Than This
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08/17/2010 - Read Josh Hurst's full review of No Better Than This . Here are some excerpts: "Rather than ending up as gimmicks, the unusual production methods have instead yielded an album that doesn’t settle for imitation, but literally goes to the source of American roots music. This isn’t an approximation of vintage Americana; it’s actually caked in the very same red dirt and clay..."

"it is disarming in its simplicity, and authentic in a way that no recent approximations of old American folk and blues have been. And yet, by its very virtue of being American music, it is broad, deep, and at times contradictory; it’s tough yet sensitive, rooted in the past yet shunning nostalgia, caked in dirt and mire yet transcendentally beautiful at the same time. Mellencamp and Burnett do not use those American landmarks as mere gimmicks; they earn their own place in those American legends..." Read More
08/17/2010 - "Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett made an authentic folk, rockabilly and blues-infused album just like the good old days..."

"The highly impressive results are like taking a trip through a time warp..." Read More
08/17/2010 - Read Todd Martens of the Los Angeles Times Music Blog full review of No Better Than This . Here are some excerpts: "The John Mellencamp of “No Better Than This” is not the John Mellencamp that most would expect..."

"the sound of long-lost first takes from another era..." Read More
08/17/2010 - Read Jim Beal's full review of No Better Than This . Here are some excerpts: "The result is a powerful collection of heartfelt, no punches pulled songs recorded on vintage gear by Mellencamp, a small cast of first-class acoustic players and producer T Bone Burnett..."

"Mellencamp means what he writes and sings and writes and sings what he means..."

"smart, soulful and moving music..." Read More
08/17/2010 - Ready David Burger's review of No Better Than This

On his 25th album “No Better Than This,” John Mellencamp proves that he’s getting better and better, stripping away the cliches that marred his earlier lyrics.

This haunting Americana album — filled with rockabilly, blues and gospel — was recorded on a 55-year-old tape recorder.

Mellencamp’s band recorded original songs about hope, family and faith at culturally significant places such as room 414 of San Antonio’s Gunter Hotel, where Robert Johnson recorded “Stones in My Passway” in 1936. Read More
08/17/2010 - Read Jonathan Takiff's of the Philadelphia Daily News full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "so stark, so primitive you might think it's recovered treasure from the 1950s..."

"the set is especially ripe with got-to-smile-to-keep-from-crying tunes tossed off with a casual demeanor and sonic quality to match..." Read More
08/17/2010 - Read Edna Gundersen of USA Today's feature about No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "musical storytelling for hard times: far-fetched, violent, sexy, played for laughs. It doesn't get more timeless, or American, than that."

"wise, charming album is ... a highly personal testimonial.." Read More
08/17/2010 - After a year of waiting since first announcing the project, John's 26th release, No Better Than This, is in stores TODAY Tuesday, August 17th! Click HERE to learn all about the album.

The album is now available for purchase at most major retailers. Here are several links to buy online:

Mellencamp.com Store (both CD and CD + Tee-Shirt Bundles Available)
iTunes Download
Amazon.com CD
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08/17/2010 - Read Dan Aquilante's full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "record’s aged quality lies in Mellencamp’s grit ’n’ gravel vocals and his lyrics, which seem to have built-in workingman folk wisdom.."

"these old-fashioned songs and the retro recording treatment — not to mention all the ghosts — give this disc a vibe of Americana authenticity..." Read More
08/16/2010 - Read Jon Pareles' of the New York Times full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "The pilgrimages didn’t humble Mr. Mellencamp. They spurred him to compete with history. In Memphis, he went for bass-slapping, reverb-guitar rockabilly. In San Antonio, he sang (as Johnson did) about being pursued by the Devil, with ragtimey guitar plunking and bluesy violin..."

"Yet behind the period arrangements and the antique haze of the production, they’re still Mellencamp songs..." Read More
08/16/2010 - Read David Lindquist' of the Indianapolis Star review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "deftly addresses good times, bad times and the intervening range of hope and despair..." Read More
08/16/2010 - 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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08/16/2010 - Read Thom Jurek's of allmusic.com review of No Better Than This Here are some excerpts: It's warmth and presence are immediate and engulfing..."

"He possesses an independent streak in abundance here; he is making music only for himself now, and, as a result, is in a league of his own. No Better Than This proves that good songs need very little to communicate instructive narratives and complex emotions, and that primitive recording methods are still sometimes the best ones..." Read More
08/16/2010 - Read Sara Rodman's review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "But backstory is meaningless unless there are songs to back it up, and, like Mellencamp’s other recent releases, “Better’’ more than walks the walk..."

"Mellencamp’s voice is as remarkably gritty as his observations are crystal clear..." Read More
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