Entertainment Weekly LDL&F Album Review

July 18, 2008

John Mellencamp
Life Death Love and Freedom

The onetime Johnny Cougar firmly embraces geezerdom with Life Death Love and Freedom. "Just put me in a pinebox/ Six feet underground" sings Mellencamp on "If I Die Sudden," one of this album's slow-burning rockers. And for much of the T Bone Burnett-produced collection, his grizzled vocals seem as if they belong to someone who really is about to shuffle off this mortal coil - which perfect suits such melancholy tracks as the terrific riffing blues of "John Cockers" and the Tom Petty-ish "Troubled Land." Though he may be contemplating mortality, Mellencamp, with his weathered snarl, still sounds remarkably alive. B - Clark Collis-DOWNLOAD THIS: "John Cockers"