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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.

But this isn't the sound of a man in celebratory mode, although music 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
07/15/2008 - 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
07/13/2008 - 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
07/12/2008 - “It's really refreshing when artists come through with some of thebest work of their career at a time when they really don't need to.” Read More
07/12/2008 - Check out Entertainment Weekly's review of John's new album. Read More
07/12/2008 - 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - Having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, John Mellencamp could certainly be forgiven for coasting a bit on the memory of Jack and Diane. Read More
07/10/2008 - Earlier this year, John McCain used John Mellencamp's hits "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" during stump speeches, until the Democratic singer asked him to stop. It's unlikely that the Republican candidate would find anything useful for his campaign on Life, Death, Love and Freedom. Read More
07/10/2008 - John Mellencamp Life, Death, Love and Freedom; out July 15 Whereas once his indignation was trained on factory bosses, now it's Mellencamp's own broken-down self that's got him pissed. Read More
07/08/2008 - By Walter Tunis Contributing Music Critic

John Mellencamp
Life Death Love and Freedom

The shadows hanging over the pink houses John Mellencamp sang about ages ago sure have gotten longer. Read More
07/07/2008 - John Mellencamp, 56, is feeling his age and then some on “Life Death Love and Freedom.” It’s an album presented like a deathbed testament: bleak, solitary, bluesy and unbowed. In “Don’t Need This Body” Mr. Mellencamp sings, “All I got left is a headful of memories/And a thought of my upcoming death,” and that just about sums up the album. Read More
07/07/2008 - John Mellencamp, 56, is feeling his age and then some on “Life Death Love and Freedom.” It’s an album presented like a deathbed testament: bleak, solitary, bluesy and unbowed. In “Don’t Need This Body” Mr. Mellencamp sings, “All I got left is a headful of memories/And a thought of my upcoming death,” and that just about sums up the album. Read More
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