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
08/16/2010 - Long time John Mellencamp tour manager Harry Sandler is submitting some
visual "iPhone Postcards From The Road" documenting John's summer Bob Dylan
tour. Our first image is from Casper WY:
08/16/2010 - Read Mike Leonard's of the Bloomington Herald Times full review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "John Mellencamp has said on many occasions that his aim is to be a simple troubadour, singing songs both timely and timeless to audiences wherever he can find them..."
"He’s never realized that ambition more than with “No Better Than This,” his 25th album..."
“No Better Than This” is in some ways a ground-breaking record. There doesn’t seem to be much precedent for this kind of Carter Family-meets-country-blues from a Southern Indiana starting point. And in other ways, the album feels as comfortable as an old quilt made up of swatches of grandma’s old gingham dresses and brightly colored blouses. It stirs up memories and emotions of working class lives lived and not idealized. .." Read More
08/16/2010 - We are looking for reports from fans who visited a retail store since the
release of No Better Than This. We have a short survey for you to fill
out about your experience. Complete the survey and then click
HERE to go to the Community Message Board and make a post to confirm that
you filled the survey out. We are going to pick three people out of those who
post that they completed the survey and send them an autographed Mellencamp
item! The survey is after the jump: Read More
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!
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