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Every John Mellencamp Album Ranked

A. Sheets "music lover"
 
Life, Death, Love And Freedom [CD + Audio DVD]
Life, Death, Love And Freedom [CD + Audio DVD]
"Hands down the greatest album of his career. Dark folk songs about racism, Christianity, murders, wars, and getting older."
Big Daddy (Remastered)
Big Daddy (Remastered)
"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"
Scarecrow (Remastered)
Scarecrow (Remastered)
"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 Lonesome Jubilee (Remastered)
The Lonesome Jubilee (Remastered)
"This was a transition for Mellencamp from his earlier rock albums into an Americana style. Some of his best lyrics."
Whenever We Wanted
Whenever We Wanted
"A rock album to be sure, but a more mature one featuring many songs about the ills of society"
Uh Huh (Remastered)
Uh Huh (Remastered)
"Just a full-throttle classic rock album and that's good enough for me."
Trouble No More
Trouble No More
"A wonderful collection of blues and folk covers (and two originals which utilize traditional melodies). He makes these sound more modern and up-to-date, yet folk enthusiasts would still love it."
Human Wheels (Remastered)
Human Wheels (Remastered)
"John gets more experimental on this, but at its base the lyrics shine through."
Freedom's Road
Freedom's Road
"Sort of a garage folk album. Imagine Mitch Ryder meets Woody Guthrie. "Rural Route" is one of the best songs of his career as is the hidden track "Rodeo Clown"."
Mr Happy Go Lucky
Mr Happy Go Lucky
"Very dark and mature album incorporating aspects of '90s dance music. Interesting concept that works out very well for the most part."
John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp
"He goes for a more modern rock sound on this one, updating his classic style and this really seems to fit the philosophical lyrics."
John Cougar (Remastered)
John Cougar (Remastered)
"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."
Dance Naked
Dance Naked
"Mellencamp has often been compared to Springsteen and this is a lot like Springsteen's post-Born in the U.S.A., pre-Tom Joad Work: nothing earth-shattering but definitley fun to listen to."
American Fool (Remastered)
American Fool (Remastered)
"As you know, "Jack and Diane" and "Hurts So Good" are classics, but dig beneath the surface and you will find treasures such as "Danger List", "Weakest Moments", and "Thundering Hearts"."
Rough Harvest (Remastered)
Rough Harvest (Remastered)
"A collection of stripped-down acoustic versions of Mellencamp songs, paired with covers of the Drifters and Bob Dylan."
Cuttin' Heads
Cuttin' Heads
"Mellencamp shows that he is not afraid to try new things, bringing in Public Enemy's Chuck D to help out on the title track. The closest Mellencamp has come to making a all-out R&B album."
Life, Death, LIVE And Freedom
Life, Death, LIVE And Freedom
"Live versions of tracks from Life, Death, Love and Freedom. Some may prefer the harder rock approach to these tracks."
Nothin Matters & What If It Did
Nothin Matters & What If It Did
"A solid collection of mainstream late-'70s/early-'80s rock."
Kid Inside
Kid Inside
"Mellencamp for the hard rock fan. In this early effort, he examines the underbelly of American life. Dirty lyrics abound. Not a bad album except when compared to his later work."
Biography
Biography
"Originally released only in Great Britian. Some gems here, but a lot of filler."
Chestnut Street Incident
Chestnut Street Incident
"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."