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Nothin' Matters and What If It Did

4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Riva
  • ASIN: B0016A2BSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,852,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I'm not a big Mellencamp fan, but there is something about this album that I just keep coming back to. Being born in 1970, I was 10 when this album was released. I didn't listen to it until 1986 or 1987 when a friend of mine brought it with him on a bike trip we took through Cape Cod. I fell in love with it then and keep coming back to it for some nostalgia and just easy listening.
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.
-OC
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Nothin' Matters & What If It Did was big step up for John Cougar from his previous record. The album shows the clear influences of the AM radio music that he went onto sing about in his hit "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.". The album has an enlivened sound and shows Mr. Mellencamp can write catchy pop tunes. Songs like "Hot Night In A Cold Town", "Ain't Even Done With Night", "This Time", "To MG (Wherever She May Be)", "Tonight" and "Wild Angel' are all radio-friendly, finely crafted songs. The album was a minor hit and set the stage for his major breakthrough.
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This was Mellencamp's last album before he became a big star. Really the only song that shows a hint of the break through that came was Ain't Even Done with the Night,which is one of my favorite Mellencamp songs.The lyrics to many songs are kind of clumbsy and immature,but that doesn't keep Nothin Matters and What if it Did from being enjoyable. Besides Ain't Even Done with the Night, This Time,Hot Night in a cold town, and Crybaby are highlights. The album has a good flow and is fairly enjoyable despite the lack of artistic growth at that point in his career.
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This is a great album that captures a late night atmosphere in a small town, as only John can do. This is slightly different than his later works, but it's cool to hear John use piano and do some mellow songs, as these became less common later on. This is pretty raw, but it sounds great. I would highly recomend this album.
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Anyone who has been a fan of John Mellencamp since the beginning can appreciate the journey he has taken with his music. This one is one of the best of his early works. "Ain't Even Done With the Night" was one of John's first hits, and one of his best ever.
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This is easily my favorite John Cougar album. Done before he began attaching a cause to every song he wrote, this one features raw piano playing honky-tonk. I've liked most of what John Cougar Mellancamp has done since then, but this early gem is his best.
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When I purchased a new CD of this album, I decided to buy the remastered version which includes the bonus track `Latest Game' **(*). Strangely, this song is said to date from the recording sessions for the next album, American Fool, released in 1982. It's a pretty good track: pop-rock tempo, with catchy melody, guitar and piano; the vocals are a bit untidy, but they suit the lyrics perfectly, it seems to be about an uneven relationship and immaturity (lyrics are included on the inlay, if they're still not online). In that sense, this track fits better on this 1980 album with all its songs about youth and first love, fooling around and misunderstanding, uncertainty and doubt.
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.
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By A Customer on September 18, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This one is extreemly hard to find. Most places don't even carry it. If you're a true Mellencamp fan, this is the one to get
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