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
    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
    A solid American Album.
  3. AlD
    Feb 8, 2007
    Great sound from John. Glad to see some of the oldies coming out and making thier mark.
  4. R.
    Feb 16, 2007
    Pure Mellencamp.
  5. MartinL
    Mar 1, 2007
    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 Collapse
  6. GregS
    Feb 6, 2007
    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
    F*ck you mellencamp. Go home.

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