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08/13/2010 - Read Metro Canada's News Review of No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt: "a lo-fi triumph of Americana folk rock a la Johnny Cash..." Read More
08/13/2010 - No Better Than This 13 new songs - Review By Jeff Spevak: "Save some time to dream, save some time for yourself," Mellencamp sings in the opening moments here, and that's what he did. While touring last summer with Dylan and Willie Nelson, Mellencamp wrote 13 new songs that sound very old and slipped off with some band mates to historic sites: Sun Studio, Savannah's First African Baptist Church, even a hotel room where Robert Johnson once recorded. It's a great idea. Sharing one microphone, everyone picks up on the dark, vintage vibe, particularly guitarist Marc Ribot. It's in stores next Tuesday. Read More
08/10/2010 - Read The New Yorker Magazine full review of No Better Than This by Ben Greenman. Here is an excerpt: "The album is drenched in historical significance..."

"this wise, charming album is less a stiff historical re-creation than a highly personal testimonial on the order of Bob Dylan’s “Good as I Been to You” or Loudon Wainwright III’s “High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project.” In fact, the traditional forms seem to free up Mellencamp’s songwriting..." Read More
08/09/2010 - Edmonton Journal writer Gary Graff interviewed John recently. Their conversation found John discussing multiple topics including his new album No Better Than This

The complete interview is included after the jump Read More
07/31/2010 - Read No Depression Blogger Adam Sheets's full review of John's new album No Better Than This. Here is an excerpt:

" this one, which will be released on August 17th, by it's cover, because I'm guessing it looks as much like a country album from the '50s and early '60s to you as it does to me..." Read More
07/24/2010 - Rounder Records - September 2010 Issue 202
By Bob Mehr

Veteran rocker hits the road for stellar album of "routes" music.

Known for his pop hits and mile-wide acerbic streak, John Mellencamp's late career has seen a serious artistic renaissance, as evidenced on 2008's collaboration with T Bone Burnett, Life Death, Love and Freedom. Reuniting with Burnett, Mellencamp's latest is a concept piece recorded in a series of historic locations: Sun Studios in Memphis, Read More
07/17/2010 - Click HERE to read DirectCurrentMusic.com's Dave Curtis review John's new album No Better Than This. Visit their website for the complete review which includes several pictures and audio samples. Read More
07/17/2010 - Here is an excerpt from Terre Haute's Tribune Star Newspaper No Better Than This review by Mark Bennett:

"if you’re intrigued by dark, desperate, contemplative music, performed in iconic settings by a emotive singer and his crack band, then you’ve struck gold with this disc. Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett recorded this batch of new songs in an old way. They used a 55-year-old, monophonic tape recorder and a single, vintage RCA ribbon microphone to capture the songs, Read More
07/03/2010 - By Martin Bandyke

And if you think that the new John Mellencamp single "No Better Than This" (****) sounds like early Johnny Cash mixed with a little Elvis Presley, it's no coincidence. The title track from Mellencamp's forthcoming album on Rounder, this one was recorded in Memphis at the historic Sun Studio, the very same place where the King and the Man in Black recorded their first songs in the mid-'50s. A blistering workout done boom-chicka-boom style and featuring Marc Ribot and album producer T-Bone Burnett on guitars, "No Better Than This" was captured in glorious mono on vintage equipment with no overdubs.

This song is a tantalizing appetizer for Mellencamp's new full-length album, out Aug. 17. Read More
07/03/2010 - And if you think that the new John Mellencamp single "No Better Than This" (****) sounds like early Johnny Cash mixed with a little Elvis Presley, it's no coincidence. Read More
06/19/2010 - Rounder Records will release No Better Than This, an album from John Mellencamp of all new original songs that was recorded at a variety of historically significant locations around the South. The album, set for release August 17, was produced by T Bone Burnett who earlier collaborated with Mellencamp on the much-lauded Life Death Love and Freedom. Time Magazine called it “his best in a decade” and Rolling Stone ranked it #5 in its listing of the 50 best albums of the year.

No Better Than This was recorded over the course of a few break days afforded Mellencamp when he was on a tour of minor league ball parks last year, sharing the bill with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. The album was recorded on vintage equipment – a 55 year-old Ampex tape recorder with just one microphone -- in Savannah at the First African Baptist Church, in Memphis at Sun Studios and in San Antonio in room 414 of the Gunter Hotel.

Mellencamp wrote the thirteen songs i Read More
06/19/2010 - St. Louis rock station KSHE95 has run a pair of stories featuring quotes from John about what he learned on the 2009 Bob Dylan tour and about the experience of recording his new album No Better Than This.

John Mellencamp says that he learned invaluable lessons on the road last summer while performing at a slew of the nation's minor league ballparks. Mellencamp, who just released his career-spanning four-CD box set On The Rural Route 7609, explained that the Dylan tour left an indelible mark on him: "Y'know, it's pretty loose. It's not really a 'rock show' -- y'know what I'm saying? It's about songwriting and it's a lot looser than shows I had done in the past when it was me in an arena, or me in a shed where it's, like, people expect a performance. I've learned a lot by doing so many shows with Dylan, because Bob is pretty much. . . he's really in the moment."

On August 17th John will release his Read More
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