John Mellencamp 

Freedom's Road (Universal Republic)

Like the cowboy heroes of yesteryear, John Mellencamp still believes that hard-working, honest people can eventually triumph over the forces of evil. He paints a realistic portrait of modern America with hard-hitting, guitar-heavy tunes and lyrics bristling with righteous anger. "Ghost Towns Along the Highway" is a bleak picture of the cities destroyed by globalization; "Jim Crow," a duet with Joan Baez, is a tune about the subtle racism that still plagues us; and "Our Country" is a soaring anthem for everyone who still believes in the American dream. The climax comes in the track hidden at the end of the album. "Rodeo Clown" may be the angriest song yet written about Bush's Iraq adventure, with a lyric that indicts the "blood on the mouths of all lies and liars."

More by J. Poet

  • Dangerous Muse

    Give Me Danger EP (Cordless Recordings)
    • Feb 28, 2007
  • Paul Weller

    Hit Parade (single-CD version) (Yep Roc)
    • Feb 7, 2007
  • Kimya Dawson
  • Kimya Dawson

    Remember That I Love You (K)
    • Aug 2, 2006
  • More »

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2016 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation