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01/02/2009 - “Longest Days” - John Mellencamp: Mellencamp’s full-circle tale of life’s hopefuls descends into harsher realities when “you know you got no flame.” He opens up his soul to a new level of craftsmanship through a worn guitar and his raspy, twang-laden voice. Click HERE to see the full list. Read More
01/01/2009 - Writer Brandon Daviet (who also writes for Colorado’s The Marquee entertainment magazine) placed LDL&F as his top album of 2008.

Number One: John Mellencamp / Life, Death, Love and Freedom - John Mellencamp promised and delivered with what might not be the year’s most danceable record but is certainly its most important. With a country in financial turmoil tracks like “Troubled Land” and “Longest Days” accurately reflect the emotions of many Americans. Other songs like “If I Die Sudden” tackle the loss of faith, while the politically charged “Jenna” is an open letter against racism. In a year when little Katy Perry has swept the charts with her pseudo-lesbian fantasies, Mellencamp manages to remind us that not everybody in America is incapacitated by simple pop ditties, shiny I-phones, and American Idol. Click HERE for his full list. Read More
12/31/2008 - John’s 2008 album made the Schenectady (NY) Daily Gazette top album list compiled by music writers Michael Hochanadel and Brian McElhiney and features editor Dick Bennett.

John Mellencamp: “Life Death Love and Freedom” — The influence of producer T Bone Burnett is evident here in what may be the best album of Mellencamp’s career. It’s a darker, stripped down, more bluesy sound for the singer/songwriter who tackles such weighty subjects as racism in a small Louisiana town. (Bennett)
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12/31/2008 - John’s new album landed at #11 on Saskatchewan's Leader-Post writer Jordan Zivitz's Top 20.

John Mellencamp: Life Death Love and Freedom (Hear Music) - An unflinching look at mortality and a world gone wrong, this late-career renaissance convincingly casts Mellencamp as a contemporary-folk great.
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12/23/2008 - Variety.com writer Phil Gallo places John’s 2008 release “Life, Death, Love and Freedom” at #7 on his list of “50 albums released in ’08 that I am glad are in my collection.” Click HERE, to see his full list. Read More
12/19/2008 - Buffalo News writer Jeff Miers praises John’s most recent album on his year end list:

John Mellencamp, “Life Death Love & Freedom” (Hear Music): Mellencamp is at his best when fueled by righteous anger. Here, the sympathetic production afforded by T-Bone Burnett helps to craft an instant classic.
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12/10/2008 - Rolling Stone magazine’s new year-end double-issue cites “Life, Death, Love & Freedom” as the #5 album of 2008.

The December 25th issue, which features Brad Pitt on the cover, places the critically acclaimed John Mellencamp album just behind My Morning Jacket’s “Evil Urges.” The top three spots are taken by TV on the Radio’s “Dear Science,” Bob Dylan’s “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs - Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006” and Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III.”

“John Mellencamp’s growling fatalism and T Bone Burnett’s scorched-blues production make this the darkest, most compelling Mellencamp album in years,” said Rolling Stone in the blurb accompanying its prestigious 50 Best Albums of 2008 listing. “It is also the perfect run-up to Election Day: Fourteen songs about a nation going broke and a generation on the ropes.”

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12/06/2008 - “If you are a Mellencamp fan, don’t rely on dropping hints for Christmas presents go buy it for yourself. It will be the best musical investment you have made in years."

Life Death Love & Freedom - Article By: Henrie Geyser

Not all good things take time. John Mellencamp spent just 12 months recording what is probably his best ever album.

If you thought his 2007 effort 'Freedom Road' was great, wait until you hear him on 'Life Death Love and Freedom' — the man and his music are simply brilliant.

For most of the songs he has taken a few steps back in time to good old roots rock ‘n roll which is a perfect match for his raspy, drawling style.

But don’t expect pounding, blaring, jiving rock. This is bluesy country stuff — honest, sad, even dark and sombre at times and superbly set against the background of acoustic guitar, the likes of which I have not heard in years.

Mellencamp is an accomplished songwriter and musi Read More
12/05/2008 - This Is Your Life - By David Vienna

John Mellencamp made his career on straight-up rockers peppered with good, old fashioned political statements, although with a strictly Midwestern flavor. On Life, Death, Love and Freedom, the sound learns more toward gritty southern blues, with hints of gospel organ on songs like “Troubled Land” and bluegrass fiddle on tracks such as “John Cockers.” Produced by T. Bone Burnett, the man behind the wildly successful soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the album utilizes the XOΔE (CODE) system, which creates high-definition audio, nearly identical to the sound on the original master tapes.

The blind hope in Mellencamp’s previous hits is replaced with a mature, road-weary nostalgia. In the duet “A Ride Back Home,” he sings of being beaten down after a life of fighting for what he thinks is right. Despite the regret expressed in the songs, this is not a sad album. The entire collection has the feel of a great Read More
11/24/2008 - VH1 Classic will show “Life, Death, Love and Freedom,” a documentary about Mellencamp’s latest album, starting Saturday, Nov. 29. The program will be accompanied by a block of Mellencamp’s classic music video clips.

“Life, Death, Love and Freedom” originally ran in July on The Biography Channel. It was filmed and produced by Matt Robertson, director of Mellencamp’s online videos for “Jena” and “My Sweet Love.”

Robertson was granted complete access to the album recording sessions and conducted in-depth interviews with Mellencamp, producer T Bone Burnett, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Mellencamp’s band. Following is the complete programming schedule, all times ET, please check local listings:

11/29/2008 8:00 AM Saturday
11/30/2008 9:30 AM Sunday
12/01/2008 2:30 PM Monday
12/03/2008 2:00 PM Wednesday
12/05/2008 8:00 AM Friday
12/07/2008 9:00 AM Sunday
12/08/2008 3:00 PM Monday
12/10/2008 12:00 PM Wednesday
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11/22/2008 - No. 38 John Mellencamp - Life Death Love and Freedom Universal

John Mellencamp has been making fine roots-rock albums for more than 20 years, and pairing him here with T-Bone Burnett proved an inspired move. Life Death Love and Freedom explores the same adult themes as its title across skeletal ballads (Young Without Lovers) and spare shuffles (John Cockers). Mellencamp’s 60-cigs-a-day voice is the constant thread on this haunting exploration of the human condition.

Key Track: My Sweet Love

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11/21/2008 - 4 Stars - Here’s an artist who has regularly found favour over the years in this particular quarter, being the mid-western equivalent of Bruce Springsteen, advocating for the downtrodden and desperate losers of society. It’s a natural fit for Mellencamp, who’s had to fight for his artistic freedom on more than one occasion over the span of his career. It’s a style that has worked well over time, but on Life Death Love And Freedom it’s Mellencamp himself who’s the subject for the majority of the songs and, quite frankly, at times things get somewhat sticky. Make no mistake here, he’s an artist of the first order and a perfectionist for getting the sound that he wants; you can’t fault the production values herein. It’s that there’s something uncomfortable about listening to the self-doubts and confessed frailties of a reputable fighter such as Mellencamp. Maybe it’s just a bit disconcerting to see/hear the innermost human facets of his life? Whatever the reason(s), the man has earned the right to sing what he w Read More
11/14/2008 - John Mellencamp-Live Death Love And Freedom (Hear Music) B

It takes a couple of listens to truly hear this new album from America's last true rock troubadour, John Mellencamp, but it's worth the effort. Mellencamp has long since stopped trying to hit the charts as he used to regularly do with some ease all those years ago. Now he's satisfied singing about growing older, love between two people that really lasts and his views on being a conscious person in his time left on Earth. Without a hint of irony, he relays these tales with a journeyperson's deft touch and his band is right there with him, along with respected album producer T. Bone Burnett. Well worth a listen.
— Jeff Monk
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11/11/2008 - Elmore, November/December 2008

JOHN MELLENCAMP
Life Death Love and Freedom
(Hear Music)

If you’re musically aware enough to be reading this magazine, then you don’t need an introductory bio on John Mellencamp, but what may come in handy before listening to Mellencamp’s latest release, Life Death Love and Freedom, is an explanation of where he is coming from in releasing such an incredibly deep and personal CD. Mellencamp has always provided beautifully descriptive insights into everyday life and the heart of rural America. Now he is applying that same depth to his personal world, which (especially for those of us not too far behind him in age) can leave you with a foreboding feeling of doom, unless you listen to it carefully enough to hear the glimmers of hope that lie beneath the seemingly relentless tales of misery.

With lyrics like “sometimes you get sick and you don’t get better” from the opener “Longest Days,” it is vividly clear that you won Read More
11/02/2008 - John's two appearances on Good Morning America last week are available for online viewing. The Saturday piece featured a very cool interview with John, taped at his Belmont Mall studio as well as touring around Bloomington IN, with host Kate Snow.

Watch on ABCNews' website - Click HERE
Watch on YouTube - Click HERE
Read article based on John's interview - Click HERE
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