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  • Summary: John Mellencamp's 18th album features guest appearances from India Arie and Chuck D.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mellencamp sounds like he's just hitting his stride. [19 Oct 2001, p.82]
  2. Mellencamp's crackling, gorgeous Heartland pop resonates more now than ever--even if, at times, he sounds like he's ripping off his best guitar moves.
  3. It finds Mellencamp at a kind of peak, turning out vividly socially conscious roots rock that works not because of the message, but because the music is seductive and sinewy enough to deliver the message.
  4. 80
    The songs on Cuttin' Heads are his strongest since 1993's Human Wheels. [#4, p.120]
  5. Arguably Mellencamp's best album since 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee and 1983's Uh-Huh.
  6. While Cuttin' Heads hardly stretches him, Mellencamp dresses up his old tricks beautifully. [Mar 2002, p.125]
  7. 20
    He still sounds like a blue-collar phoney trying to be a poor man's Springsteen. [May 2002, p.104]

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. PeteM
    Feb 7, 2006
    10
    I love it! John blends so many new sounds with relevant lyrics and a catchy chorus on each tune.
  2. JossS.
    Dec 25, 2001
    4
    although this is one of the coug's strongest efforts, he simply is not an artist. he is and will always remain a springsteen knockoff.

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