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08/25/2010 - Read Keith Phipps' A- review of No Better Than This. Here are some excerpts: "Itís 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 ThisóMellencamp even eschews stereoóhas 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 rockís 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. ďDonít forget about me,Ē 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 Herndonís thoughtful piece about John's new album No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "Iíve always been told that I can express what many of Johnís 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
08/22/2010 - Read Jim Beals' full Mellencamp feature and interview on the making of No Better Than This . Here are some excerpts: "I wasn't in the songwriting mood, but sometimes songs are like monkeys on your back," he said. "Finally I wrote the first song, Save Some Time to Dream. It was simple and to the point and had a beautiful melody. After that, I had to get busy..."

"With these songs, I just let them write themselves. I let the songs present themselves and present themselves in an honest, sincere fashion. So I wanted to record them in an honest fashion, and quickly..." Read More
08/21/2010 - Read Rob Williams' full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "the process was perfectly suited to the material, a collection of old-timey roots, bluegrass, rockabilly and folk that sounds distinctly like Mellencamp, yet nothing at all like the hit-making blue-collar rocker has ever released before..."

"Mellencamp appears to be following his muse wherever it takes him, and the result is an album that will go down in his personal history as a turning point in his recording career..." Read More
08/20/2010 - Not only was John the musical guest recently on 5 nights of Tavis Smiley's PBS television show, he joined Tavis for an interview for his syndicated radio show "The Tavis Smiley Show."

You can listen to John's complete interview HERE along with a bonus question only for the web. Please note some Firefox browser users may not see the audio player load, in that case we suggest using Internet Explorer to listen. Read More
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