"Released in 1989, his most personal and political album up to that point. If you are into stripped-down acoustic rock that a) gives a view into the life of the songwriter and b) berates everything about Ronald Reagan's America then buy this now"
"An acknowledged classic, contains hits such as Small Town, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., and Lonely Ol Night, but the real highlights are the Farm Aid anthem Rain on the Scarecrow and the introspective Minutes to Memories."
"The beginning of the second phase of his career. He was no longer some record executive's idea of a teen idol. On this he proves that he can write serious music although he still had a lot of maturing to do."
"His debut. Mellencamp has disowned this album and while the covers of Elvis, Roy Orbison, and the Doors are embarassingly bad, tracks like "American Dream" and the title track show a sign of things to come."