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10/30/2008 - "Good Morning America" had interviews with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin on Thursday morning. But John Mellencamp may have made the most forceful comments -- in song and word -- as the ABC program visited Orlando's Church Street Station.

Mellencamp sang "Troubled Land" and "Pink Houses" at the Cheyenne Saloon. Chris Cuomo of "GMA" told Mellencamp that "Pink Houses" was as relevant when the singer wrote it years ago.

"I'm just trying to do my part, you know, trying to say something that might mean something to somebody and make people feel good about themselves," Mellencamp said.

Asked about the timely lyrics, Mellencamp said, "The American Dream has kind of been hidden lately. So I think that it's time for hard-working people to be able to earn a decent wage and realize their dreams. That's what this country was founded on. I believe in the First Amendment, and I believe in hard-working people."

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10/14/2008 -
Written by K L Poore

Overall rating: (weighted) 5.0
Performance: 5.0
Sound Quality: 5.0

John Mellencamp’s Life, Death, Love and Freedom is a mature, melancholy and mesmerizing work about all of the aforementioned, especially death. With emotionally appropriate production from T Bone Burnett LDL&F isn’t exactly “whistling past the graveyard” but it’s about as close as you’ll ever get.

After one listen I have resolved never to listen to it: by myself; in the dark; after a really bad day. That it was in a Super HD stereo format that is as pristine and as close to source as you’ll get outside of the studio helped jack up the spooky factor about a gazillion percent.

And the Death in the title isn’t merely our returning to dust. While it seems that Mellencamp is looking in a mirror and singing to himself, as on “Longest Days” when he accepts that “sometimes you get sick, and you don’t get better,” I believe he’s also holding up that Read More
10/11/2008 - 4 out of 5 Stars
By Victoria Segal

When John McCain started using Mellencamp's songs to soundtrack his campaign, the veteran singer-songwriter firmly asked him to stop. Life Death Love and Freedom - a weighty set of thematic concerns in anyone's book - goes some way to explaining his feelings with a collection of songs that wear their unsentimental humanity on their well-worn denim sleeves. Jena, dealing with recent racism in a Southern town, and Troubled Land highlight Mellencamp's politics. But it's the dying-of-the-light laments Without a Shot and Don't Need This Body that tap into an authentic spiritual gloom.

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10/10/2008 -
John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love And Freedom - Hear Music
By Nige Tassell from the November 2008 issue.

T-Bone takes the Springsteen wannabe into the black

T-Bone Burnett is in danger of eclipsing Rick Rubin as the producer an artist is most likely to call when wishing to re-route their career, whether it’s persuading BB King to dispense with those backslapping celebrity collaborations and revisit the music of his youth, or here nudging everyman blue-collar rock Mellencamp away from an FM-radio-friendly rock sound. Instead, Burnett leads the former “Cougar” into some darker corners, shifting into a lower gear to the accompaniment of delicate acoustic arrangements. Such restraint hasn’t halted Mellencamp’s career-long desire to be Bruce Springsteen II, though-tracks like Longest Days, complete with the requisites and paper vocals, could be off-cuts from Nebraska. What’s more, as refreshingly tasteful and considered as Life, Death, Love And Freedom may be Read More
10/06/2008 - John Mellencamp
Life Death Love And Freedom
3 stars
By Paul Ree’s

Among a crop of like minded American singer-songwriters to have emerged in the ‘70’s (Springsteen, Tom Petty, Warren Zevon), John Mellencamp is the forgotten man over here, and unfairly so. Life Death Love And Freedom (punctuation is for wimps, apparently) won’t return him to the US chart-topping status he once enjoyed, but it’s his best work since 1993’s Human Wheels. Like that album it’s a folksy, melancholy affair, producer T-Bone Burnett bringing the same intimate feel he gave to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand. AS the title implies, it talks the big issues, sometimes at the expense of melody, but there’s a handful of very fine songs here.

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10/05/2008 -
John Mellencamp
4 Stars
Life, Death, Love And Freedom
Universal

Proper Indianan Hoosier Mellencamp shows his darker and fiery roots.

Several major health problems, four marriages and 23 albums, Mellencamp might actually win major original artist status by the time he's 60 (in three year's time). Last year he was still heartland-rocky enough to sell a track for a Chevy TV ad, but only the Undertakers of America will see synergy in this one. Amid producer T Bone Burnett's open prairie sound and aptly distorted guitar moods, Mellencamp croaks a sequence of raw, all but nihilistic yet far from self-pitying first person tales about well, death mainly, leavened by the odd rather forlorn reference to the life, love, and freedom elements of the title. As one of his grimly ancient narrators opines in Don't Need This Body, "This getting older/Ain't for cowards.", Rock 'n' Roll truth spans the generations. Has to. Comes with a free DVD versio Read More
09/17/2008 - Let's Get Serious - Mr. Happy Go Lucky's not laughing any more.
By Jerry Ewing for UK's Classic Rock Magazine

After a 32-year recording career, the 56-year old Mellencamp arrives at his 18th studio album of original material in highly-reflective mode. In fact, on most of Life, Death, Love And Freedom he's lyrically at his most morbid, taking the darker side of his character that was most evident over last year's Freedom's Road, and running it through the themes of every song, themes of course reflected in the album's title.

"Nothing lasts forever, Your best efforts don't always pay," he sighs on opening track Longest Days, a line that could, perhaps sum up his career, were it not for the fact he remains a hugely popular artist in his native America, a fact highlighted by the top 10 US chart placing achieved by both this and Freedom's Road.

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08/05/2008 - John's critically acclaimed album Life, Death, Love and Freedom was released this week on vinyl for enjoyment by record and analog purists. It looks amazing and is a cool collectible. The vinyl version is available at select retailers, click HERE to buy it online. Read More
07/23/2008 - John's new critically-acclaimed album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom debuts on the Billboard Top 200 album charts at #7 with approximately 56,000 copies sold!

The album follows up last year's JM album, Freedom's Road, which sold an equal amount of copies in the first week and also debuted in the Top 10! Life, Death, Love and Freedom is John's 2nd consecutive album, and 9th total, to go Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200. John's career includes 19 albums that have charted! Read More
07/22/2008 - Haven't heard John's incredible new album yet? Why not listen to the FULL album on CMT's Listening Party! Click HERE to check it out. Read More
07/17/2008 - The Biography Channel will premiere a documentary about John's new album, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, at 11 AM ET on Saturday, July 19th. The documentary was filmed and produced by Matt Robertson, director of John's online videos for "Jena" and "My Sweet Love." Read More
07/15/2008 - Not only is John's new album notable and groundbreaking for the songwriting and musical content, it is equally acclaimed for being groundbreaking in terms of the music technology utilized. The release marks a high point for the music industry in the amount of options an artist provides to their fans to listen to their album for the standard price of a single CD. Read More
07/15/2008 - For John Mellencamp fans, there are few days more glorious than the release day of a NEW John Mellencamp album. It is always a long-awaited day worthy of celebration when it finally arrives. July 15, 2008 is here and we are very proud to announce that John's new album is available NOW nationwide! It’s finally here, folks, so get out there and pick up a copy of this critically-acclaimed album, and spread the word. Tell everyone that JM is, once, again, making new music and where they can pick up their copy! Tell them to check out all the awesome REVIEWS the album has received so far. Read More
07/13/2008 - Here is Performing Songwriter’s lead review in their July/August 2008 issue. Read More
07/13/2008 - Longtime Mellencamp expert Mike Leonard gives his review of John’s new album. Read More
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