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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

CD Review: John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love And Freedom

John Mellencamp - Life, Death, Love and Freedom
2008, Hear Music

In a career spanning twenty-five plus years, John Mellencamp has seen the highs and lows of the music business. He's been a struggling artist and he's also been on top of the pop world. This parallax view of his own career has provided Mellencamp with perspective that many artists never begin to grasp. On his 2008 release, Life, Death, Love and Freedom, Mellencamp embraces a blues-informed Americana style to compel his ideas.

Sounding like a middle-American Bruce Springsteen, Mellencamp takes what has always been a prodigious talent for songwriting and sharpens his craft a step or two further. The album opens with Longest Days which just might be my favorite Mellencamp song ever. If I Die Sudden is a close second, with great acoustic blues guitar and charismatic vocals. Don't Need This Body is a Dylan-esque folk ballad and is very enjoyable. Other highlights include Without A Shot, Mean and A Brand New Song.

John Mellencamp has never lost his edge. His songs still evoke strong imagery and highly memorable melodies. Life, Death, Love and Freedom is a musical departure for Mellencamp, but he's managed to maintain the same delivery and level of quality he's known and loved for. Life, Death, Love and Freedom is highly recommended listening.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

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