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American Fool (Remastered)

March 29, 2005 | Format: MP3

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With American Fool, John Cougar, attained status on the American music scene that would reach its peak during the Scarecrow and Lonesome Jubilee albums, but that was three and five years away, respectively. For now, let's concentrate on 1982 and the singles that shot up the charts, including the #1 single "Jack & Diane."
The sounds here are more raw and rock than the more refined material of the mid- to late 80's, some songs encompassing a combination drums and guitar that neared the crunch of AC-DC, such as one of his signature tunes, "Hurt So Good." Most of the songs have pounding pneumatic drums and power guitar chord stomp, and what I'm noticing here is that many other songs could've become singles because of it. In other words, Cougar's moment could've been bigger had this album been given a few more singles. Much like the lines in "Hurt So Good," "sink your teeth right into my bones" and "c'mon baby make it hurt so good," there's a new sort of confidence in the sound and in Cougar himself.
"A little ditty about Jack and Diane/two American kids doing the best they can" Well that little ditty went to #1 sure enough, divided into the quiet acoustic verses about the couple, with the transitional refrain of "life goes on/long after the thrill of living is gone" on the inevitable parade of life, leading into that ringing power riff. The thing seems to be that any young couple had better enjoy it, because "change will come around real soon and make us women and men." And break out the vomit bags, for the recognizable power riff and two notes plucked was sampled by Jessica Simpson in "I Think I Love You.
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OK. The Mellencamp on display here was nowhere to be seen prior to "American Fool."

If you listen to all his albums, in chronological order, one after the other, the second you get to "Hurts So Good", you sense something different.

This guy sound confident, assured. Brash, crystal-clear production.

The melody isn't catchy, it's irresistible. This is a classic pop song.

Then comes "Jack and Diane", a song that went from hit to overplayed to ridiculed to beloved classic. It's his prototype of story songs he had previously failed with, but was to soon master.

The drums simply thunder from your speakers...the remastering process shines here. The hand claps, the sizzling hi-hats...

...this is a chance for even the most jaded Mellencamp fans to rediscover this song, and fall in love with all over again.

Those two songs aren't just great singles, they're amongst the defining songs of an era...

The remainder of the album doesn't (...couldn't...) live up to those two songs, but there are some killer tunes left over. "Hand to Hold Onto" is a sunny single... the bonus track, "American Fool" is better than most of the other songs on the record too!

The classic artist we know and love first rears his head here.
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Sometimes I wonder if the authors are actually involved in remastering such subpar releases? Or are people just getting deafer and in denial? Stick to the 1982 version.

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DR Peak RMS Filename
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DR7 over -9.06 dB 01-01- Hurts So Good.mp3
DR8 over -10.22 dB 01-02- Jack & Diane.mp3
DR7 over -9.47 dB 01-03- Hand To Hold On To.mp3
DR7 over -10.15 dB 01-04- Danger List.mp3
DR7 over -8.45 dB 01-05- Can You Take It.mp3
DR7 over -8.45 dB 01-06- Thundering Hearts.mp3
DR8 over -10.26 dB 01-07- China Girl.mp3
DR7 over -8.81 dB 01-08- Close Enough.mp3
DR8 over -11.85 dB 01-09- Weakest Moments.mp3
DR8 over -10.37 dB 01-10- American Fool.mp3
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Number of files: 10
Official DR value: DR8
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"American Fool" is another classic Mellencamp album.The most well known songs on here are "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane".I am sure EVERYONE who has ever listened to rock music or rock radio,has heard those two tunes at some point in their lives."Hand To Hold Onto" was also released as a single as well,but sadly overlooked.It didin't seem to capture the attention that the other singles got.Thats a shame too,because it's such a great song.It's actually my personal favorite track on here.The rest of the album is just as good though.Songs like "Danger List","China Girl" and "Thundering Hearts" are also great.Hearing the unreleased bonus track,"American Fool",was a real treat.I wonder why John decided to can this song,and not use it.Kinda strange,seeing as though that's what he titled the album.Nevertheless,it's still a pleasure to finally here it.Overall,"American Fool" is a classic album,that sounds even better in it's remastered glory.
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