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08/26/2010 - Read Kristi York Wooten's on The Huffington Post full Mellencamp feature. Here are some excerpts: "But when Mellencamp set out to realize the musical vision behind this project, you know it had to be because he wanted to, not because he thought some stodgy music critic would froth over it..."

"Not surprisingly the frothing about the August 17-released No Better Than This has begun, and I have to say it's well-deserved..."

"As for the autobiographical elements on his latest album? With Mellencamp, it will never be about who's in his entourage or his bed, but rather what's on his mind and in his heart. He's always going on about something. As you listen to No Better Than This, you know the concepts he spends the most time pondering these days: life, death, love, and freedom, of course -- but he's now added grace, sorrow, memories and dreams, too..." Read More
08/26/2010 - Read Robert Kinsler's full No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "The mix of folk and blues with tinges of gospel and country is magical..." Read More
08/26/2010 - In 2007 John visited a tent city in Toledo, OH raising awareness of the homeless which sparked the founding of 1Matters.org. John has continued his support not only for 1Matters, but all of those who have lost domestic autonomy in our nation.

Recently, John filmed a public service announcement for World Homeless Day and sat down to talk with 1Matters’ Ken Leslie, on behalf of Toledo Streets Newspaper, about homelessness, music, and progress. The interview and more information is available after the jump.

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08/26/2010 - Read People Magazine's 3.5 out of 4 Stars No Better Than This full review. Here are some excerpts: "a vintage-sounding set that shows just how far the heartland rocker has come from his days as John Cougar..."

"The inspired results include the uplifting shuffle "Save Some Time to Dream," which will conjure visions of a simpler, long-gone era..." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Jeffrey Lee Puckett's of the Louisville, Kentucky's Courier Journal full review. Here is an excerpt: "It's an album that feels earned, rooted in experience and reflection..." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Michael Berick's of Country Standard Time full review. Here are some excerpts: "What sounds like a conceptual exercise actually results in a richly rewarding album..."

"These raw, unvarnished performances hold a powerful quality. Mellencamp has sounded technically better in the past, but probably never as honest or heartfelt. His rough and growly vocals project an appealing one-take vibe, making the viewers feel like they are sitting in on a late night jam session..."

"A wonderfully rough-hewn piece of work, this reveals that Mellencamp may be getting older, but he is still creating vibrant, compelling music..." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Andy Gill's of UK's The Independent full review. Here is an excerpt: "the kind of album that reminds you of the power and immediacy that sued to be not just integral to, but the beating heart of popular music." Read More
08/25/2010 - Read Gary Graff's of the NY Times Syndicate for the Columbus Dispatch Mellencamp feature and interview. Here are some excerpts: The singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is dealing with his past, present and future, all at the same time..."

"No Better Than This, Mellencamp's 21st studio album, is among his most distinct - not only for the low-fi recording process but also for the locales where it was made: Sun Studio in Memphis; Room 414 of the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, where Robert Johnson made his first recordings in November 1936; and First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Ga., the first black church in America and a stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War..."

"No Better Than This stays sonically true to those environments, with sparse, spacious arrangements and a stark, intimate ambiance..." Read More
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
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