Release Date: Jan 23, 2007
Record label: Universal
All of this in a mainstream rock & roll album? You bet. It's got it all: pleasure, desire, jeremiads, love, disillusionment, big drums, rollicking guitars, and above all an accessible kind of passion. The scorcher that intersects American music at the crossroads of Johnny Rivers, J.B. Lenoir, Gene Vincent, the Staple Singers, and Mellencamp's own "R.O.C.K.
The desire to be a cultural unifier is one of the admirable things about John Mellencamp’s latest CD, a set of classic-rock Americana clearly shaped by the red-state/blue-state landscape. ”There’s room enough here/For science to live/And there’s room enough here/For religion to forgive,” he sings on ”Our Country,” the annoying but catchy soundtrack to the current ad campaign for Chevrolet’s Silverado pickup. It’s a righteous notion.