I was bored yesterday and picked up a copy of Rolling Stone’s year end issue. I was shocked to see that John Mellencamp had the 5th best album of the year. Good stuff.
John Mellencamp is one my favorite musicians. He’s hardly hip anymore and thank God those “My Country” wannabe Bob Seger commericals are over. But, you got to be proud of an Indiana boy who done good. Especially one who made it on his own terms. This is what the year end wrap up in Rolling Stone said about the album:
John Mellencamp’s growling fatalism and T Bone Burnett’s scorched-blues production made this the darkest, most compelling Mellencamp album in years. It was also the perfect run-up to Election Day: 14 songs about a nation going broke and a generation on the ropes. “But nothing lasts forever/Your best efforts don’t always pay,” Mellencamp sings in “Longest Days.” He didn’t call himself Little Bastard for nothing. “Beware of those who want to harm you/And drag you down to a lower game,” he snarls in “Troubled Land.” “Just know the truth is coming,” he adds, a line that now sounds like the Election Day we deserved.