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08/30/2010 - Read the full A- No Better Than This review by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazatte. Here are some excerpts: "To ears accustomed to overproduction and slick arrangements, it will sound primitive ... or refreshing..."

"Mellencamp’s story-songs contemplate life’s meaning and mortality with lengthy verses and are dressed down in period arrangements and production..." Read More
08/29/2010 - Jeff Vrabel, editor in chief of Hilton Head Monthly and a verteran music writer whose work has appeared in Paste, RollingStone.com, Billboard, Playboy, No Depression, the Chicago Sun-Times and other outlets, connects the dots in his piece Hilton Head Monthly piece on No Better Than This and John's personal relationship to the greater Savannah area. It's on stands now. Read More
08/27/2010 - Read Craig S. Semon Tracks full No Better Than This Review. Here are some excerpts: “No Better Than This” is an instant classic..."

"Delving deep into the rich traditions of blues, folk, rockabilly and country, the album is uncluttered as it hearkens back to a simpler and more honest time..." Read More
08/27/2010 - Read David Gonzales' full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: The album also shoulders the weight of history..."

"Instead of a cross to bear, the historic locales seem to have had a liberating effect on Mellencamp, and he sounds thoroughly relaxed and confident.." Read More
08/27/2010 - Read Tom Wilk's 4 out of 5 Stars No Better Than This review. Here is an excerpt: "the album’s 13 songs have an old-time feel with its mix of blues, folk and country but deliver a contemporary message..." Read More
08/27/2010 - Read Drew Olson's full No Better Than This review. Here are some excerpts: "No Better Than This," which was released Tuesday on Rounder Records, is a stark, introspective throwback that is an impressively modest and more than mildly impressive collection of folk, blues and gospel with the sonic feel of an old field recording.."

"You can listen to it anywhere and feel like you're alone in a small room lit by a naked bulb..." Read More
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 - 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
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