Freedom's Road - John Mellencamp
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  • Summary: The rocker's first album of originals in six years includes the Chevy Trucks themesong "Our Country."
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Song-wise, this is a stronger album from Mellencamp than we had any right to expect, and an excellent from-the-cradle album when we need it most.
  2. Freedom’s Road addresses his pet topics — hard work and small-town life, not to mention freedom and the road — in catchy-enough tunes built with rootsy guitar licks, boot-scooting beats, and the occasional splash of spaghetti-western strings.
  3. At times his path is too consciously down the middle — "I'm an American, and I respect your point of view," "freedom's road must be under construction" — but his intentions are good.
  4. There’s no denying that, musically, Freedom’s Road is authentic and inspired.
  5. Predictable, but not unpleasantly so. [Feb 2007, p.105]
  6. In [some] songs, Mellencamp comes across as Toby Keith's benevolent doppelganger: a good ol' boy who'd rather forgive someone's sorry ass than put a boot in it. [Mar 2007, p.68]
  7. 40
    A sluggish, garage rock set. [Jun 2007, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. CindyE
    Mar 8, 2007
    10
    John hits the mark. Don't be fooled by the overplayed "Our Country". The rest of the album deserves a serious listen. Don't miss "Rodeo Clown", the hidden track 3 minutes after the end of track 10! Expand
  2. ChrisW
    Feb 24, 2007
    10
    A solid American Album.
  3. AlD
    Feb 8, 2007
    9
    Great sound from John. Glad to see some of the oldies coming out and making thier mark.
  4. R.
    Feb 16, 2007
    8
    Pure Mellencamp.
  5. MartinL
    Mar 1, 2007
    3
    whether it seems like it has a good beat, a good melody, and his voice is on the spot or not, I'm very tired of all of these political songs. Its ****ing cheesy Expand
  6. GregS
    Feb 6, 2007
    3
    By far his worst. I was a HUGE Mellencamp fan in the '80s. I think The Lonesome Jubilee was his crowning achievement. This is just boring. In his way, he was important once. Not Springsteen, but Bruce Jr. Now he's a caricature of what he was. Don't buy this record! Expand
  7. Pink
    Feb 23, 2007
    0
    F*ck you mellencamp. Go home.

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