• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    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. Q Magazine
    While Cuttin' Heads hardly stretches him, Mellencamp dresses up his old tricks beautifully. [Mar 2002, p.125]
  4. 80
    Cuttin' Heads whizzes by in just under 40 minutes, with ridiculously charming acoustic pop, Latin-flavored sizzlers, and menacing love songs.
  5. A strong, cohesive and surprisingly soulful record.
  6. Arguably Mellencamp's best album since 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee and 1983's Uh-Huh.
  7. 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.
  8. Blender
    The songs on Cuttin' Heads are his strongest since 1993's Human Wheels. [#4, p.120]
  9. Mellencamp, as usual, writes strikingly about the heart ("Deep Blue Heart") and the heartland ("Crazy Island"), the twin concerns on an album that manages to be at once old-fashioned and very contemporary.
  10. "Cuttin' Heads" isn't covering much new ground.
  11. Uncut
    He still sounds like a blue-collar phoney trying to be a poor man's Springsteen. [May 2002, p.104]
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. PeteM
    Feb 7, 2006
    I love it! John blends so many new sounds with relevant lyrics and a catchy chorus on each tune.
  2. JossS.
    Dec 25, 2001
    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.