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  • Summary: John Mellencamp latest album was produced by T Bone Burnett who also developed a new audio format promised to help the album sold sound like master tapes.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Blunt and stubbornly engaging, it may be Mellencamp’s most candid effort in years.
  2. Those who’ve come to associate him with theme songs to bad car commercials should check his reawakening on this late-career turnaround.
  3. Make no mistake, Life Death Love and Freedom is a serious work of art.
  4. 80
    Bleak but brilliant. [Nov 2008, p.109]
  5. For the most part Life Death Love and Freedom makes good on--and somehow makes entertainment of--its sober sense of purpose.
  6. As the title implies, it tackles the big issues, sometimes at the expense of melody, but there's a handful of very fine songs here. [Nov 2008, p.118]
  7. 50
    By now he's decided he'd rather be Bob Dylan--recent Dylan, that is, devoted to phlegm-clogged blues-codger grumbles about how he's ready for his pine box. Producer T Bone Burnett proves a willing accomplice. [Aug 2008, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4