On July 15, 2008, John Mellencamp released his 22nd studio record. I have always been a fan thanks to my Dad, but I thought the new record would be more of the same. Don’t get me wrong, more of the same would be fine because it’s all good, but still sometimes you wonder what artists who have been around the block really could sound like if they went off the beaten path.
Mellencamp’s new 14-track album, Life Death Love and Freedom was produced by T Bone Burnett and is the first of its kind employing the XOE (CODE) format, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes.
Above the producer and sound quality though is the feel of the music. Each track is incredible. We brought it to the beach with us and played it on the speakers through the house for several days.
So how did we get so lucky as to have a new album be so fresh and exciting? Well, Mellencamp wanted it that way, he wanted something different, something more “him”. This being his 22nd album is amazing in and of itself, but it might very well be the first album he bares his soul in.
The album’s release was preceded by its first track, “My Sweet Love” that includes back-up vocals by Karen Fairchild of the hit country music vocal group Little Big Town.
Final leg of the tour:
July 30 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
July 31 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 2 Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Sept 20 Farm Aid / Mansfield, MA (Kenny Chesney will be joining his friend John Mellencamp as well as Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews for Farm Aid 2008 outside of Boston on September 20th at the Comcast Center.)
After that he’ll be heading to Australia and New Zealand.
Listen, enjoy and buy Life Death Love and Freedom!
John Mellencamp – “My Sweet Love” (mp3)