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12/13/2010 - John was interviewed on Public Radio International's "Bob Edwards Weekend" Dec. 11-12, 2010.  Bob spoke with John about his early career,  the making of the No Better Than This record and John's politics. Click HERE to listen to this half hour interview on the Bob Edwards Weekend website. Read More
12/13/2010 - Let’s cut to the chase here. The end of the year brings “best of” lists so here are my top ten CDs and singles of 2010. The list is going to differ from the many others out there because most notably absent from mine is Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs,” which I thought was busy and overlong and offered nothing but a superficial gloss on the sterility and emotional paralysis of its title subject.

The songs gave the appearance of profundity and insight without actually delivering us any new lyrical or musical ideas. If you love it wear it out, but I’m not on the disc’s bandwagon.

John Mellencamp: “No Better Than This” (Rounder). Perhaps, no rock star has aged as gracefully and dealt with the difficulties of facing down the darkness of our existence as Mellencamp. This CD was recorded in mono at some historic places including Sun Studios. With T-Bone Burnett producing and a batch of his best, most reflective songs, Mellencamp has created a deeply introspective record lamenting the ephemeral nature of life while celebrating the small epiphanies that keep us going during our most vulnerable moments. A beautiful, soulful record.

After the jump click the link to read Capt. Ken's full list

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12/02/2010 - 360 blog writer Brian T. Atkinson recently interviewed John. After the jump we have his piece and interview about his No Better Than This album.
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11/27/2010 - Going back to basics and using vintage gear to produce a new mono record in three of the country's best old-school locales sounds like a PR maven's wet dream for hyperbole, but Mellencamp does it right. Not only is this collection of songs some of the singer's best work in years, the LP quality is outstanding, and the CD damn good. Read More
11/21/2010 - Read Scott Mervis' Heinz Hall show review. Here is an excerpt: "if his game was an eight before, he's taken it up to a 10 on this tour...."
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11/20/2010 - Read Gary Graff's review of the Fox Theater show. Here is an excerpt: "part of four decades of refining and reinventing himself -- and still leaving 'em in the U.S.A. by the end of the night..."
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11/18/2010 - Read John Soeder's full show review. Here are some excerpts: "the best performance I’ve witnessed from him yet ..."

"he belted out new material and old favorites alike with an exhilarating sense of purpose and devil-may-care passion..."
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11/17/2010 - Read Peter Chianca's review of No Better Than This.Here are some excerpts: "They make for Mellencamp’s most improbably compelling album since 1984’s “Scarecrow...”

"With “No Better Than This,” Mellencamp has worked out a low-key triumph..." Read More
11/17/2010 - Read Ross Finney's South Bend show review. Here are some excerpts: "the native Hoosier had the packed audience in the palm of his hand Saturday at his excellent performance at the Morris Performing Arts Center..."

"If a dangerous old man can continue to put on shows like his, there might be nothing better..."
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11/17/2010 - Read James Grant's Embassy Theatre show review. Here are some excerpts: "Much like the late Johnny Cash, Mellencamp is able to take the force of rock music and combine it with country, blues and themes of the American everyman to form a unique blend that is real and raw..."

"It was a great night of music – and a testament to how much Mellencamp believes in his songwriting and his willingness to change..."
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11/17/2010 - Read Rick Mason's preview of the Orpheum Show. Here are some excerpts: "one of the most extraordinary transformations in popular music history..."

"as a perceptive chronicler of human struggles and real life in all those small towns he helped put back on the map. At the same time he established his band as one of the tightest, hardest working ensembles in the biz, and became an outspoken advocate for family farmers..." Read More
11/17/2010 - wants YOUR concert reviews of John’s current No Better Than This tour. After the jump we have our first excerpts from the best reviews that have been posted. Read More
11/15/2010 - Read Greg Kot's Turn It Up Blog. Here are some excerpt: "It adds up to one of Mellencamp’s best albums.."

"In a recent interview, Mellencamp discussed his life as a “recovering” rock star.
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11/15/2010 - Read Andrews S. Hughes review of The Morris Performing Arts Show. Here are some excerpts: "So do rockabilly, country and spirituals, the other three main ingredients for much of his concert Saturday at the Morris Performing Arts Center..."

"Mellencamp devoted more than two-thirds of the set list to new songs and reworked versions of older songs, usually in one or more of those four styles, before ending with a rock set that was mostly greatest hits but still managed to sneak in two recent songs with full-band arrangements. .."

"It takes daring and creativity to do that, and Mellencamp and his band proved they have both — as well as the material to back it up..."
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11/10/2010 - Read John Heidt's full review. Here is an excerpt: No Better Than This is an amazing project that could have come across incredibly self-conscious. Instead it's a testament to the power of simplicity and brilliant songwriting that, to this point, may be the best record made by one of rock's best songwriters.
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