Birmingham Weekly: Best Music Listens and Reads of 2010

Birmingham Weekly By Brent Thompson

John Mellencamp—No Better Than This (Rounder Records) A bare-bones effort (recorded in mono around a single mic) produced by T-Bone Burnett, Mellencamp records in historic places including Sun Studios and the Texas hotel where Robert Johnson once recorded. Guitarists Andy York and Marc Ribot add texture to the disc’s 13 tracks.