Freedom's Road

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. This is his State of the Union address, with guitars that chime like the Byrds heralding sentiments that recall the socially-conscious 1960s, yet sound all the more pertinent today.
  5. Billboard
    70
    The garage band feel of the album—which was, in fact, recorded in a garage—breathes new life into Mellencamp's common-man themes. [27 Jan 2007]
  6. Mellencamp's folk-leaning rock style remains as distinctive as it is uncomplicated.
  7. Rolling Stone
    70
    Freedom's Road finds Mellencamp sounding more at ease than he has in years. [22 Feb 2007, p.74]
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. downtownchuckiebrown
    Mar 23, 2007
    8
    By far mellencamp's most political album. There are definite shades of Scarecrow and The Lonesome Jubilee here but if you are looking By far mellencamp's most political album. There are definite shades of Scarecrow and The Lonesome Jubilee here but if you are looking for rock riffs - this ain't the place. As one listens to this more and more - it gets better and better. Too bad the truck commercial has tarnished this gem. The most powerful track is the hidden one after #10. (you can change direction with the gas fires burnin...children with no legs...) It is great to see a performer have a strong social conscience however I can not see this selling well in "Redneck USA" Full Review »
  2. 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 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! Full Review »
  3. 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 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 Full Review »