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All these songs are simple and enjoyable. This is not a masterpiece by any stretch, but instead an enjoyable collection of songs that just don't tire out. Cougar never sounded better -- the CD has his voice mixed just right. He sings from the heart and never strains to reach any notes he shouldn't.
It takes a lot for me to rate an album with 4 stars, even harder to get 5. This would get 4 1/2 if Amazon allowed halfs.
The front cover of this album flaunts this contrast between a youthful but fit John Cougar (as Mellencamp was still being marketed then) and actress Edith Massey, who incidentally appeared in the video for `This Time' the first single released from this LP. Personally, I would warmly recommend about half of this album. I find the previous one, in 1979, so much more mature and confident; whereas with this one we are back to the Kid we discovered in 1976-77.
It starts with a great cover of a Steppenwolf song `Hot Night in a Cold Town' **(*) a track about teenagers in an urban environment; JM's vocals are wonderfully textured and varied, he adds a lot of sexiness especially to the chorus; this slow rock has a few good changes of tempo, great cymbal action, a good guitar solo, subtle backing vocals and nice piano notes. The next track is `Ain't Even Done with the Night' **(*), the second single released from this album.Read more ›
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I'm more partial to Mr. Mellencamp's later work but overall this is a fairly good. I actually bought this for "Ain't Even Done With the Night" which is alone worth the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by mark seeberg
I bought this used CD to replace an obsolete cassette tape, so I obviously think it is a good record. The condition was exactly as described.Published 20 months ago by Larry E. Blankenship
I always loved his music. When I saw his are expo I decided to get one of his old tunes on the new cd format. I still enjoy the older songs.Published on January 3, 2014 by M. Maurice
People for years have been drawn to this album for some unknown reason to them. Could it be the fact that Cougar hadn't quite found his way at that time and tried to emulate The... Read morePublished on November 28, 2004 by Chip
This album does it for me. Every song tells a story. I was about nine when this album came out but I still love it. Growing up in a small town in New Castle, IN. Read morePublished on August 10, 2003 by DrBreedlove
ALTHOUGH I WAS ONLY 8 YRS. OLD WHEN THIS ALBUM WAS RELEASED I CAN HONESTLY SAY I'VE TOTALLY WORN OUT A CASSETTE TAPE AND A CD. Read morePublished on April 3, 2002