Life Death Love and Freedom The onetime Johnny Cougar firmly embraces geezerdom with Life Death Love and Freedom . "Just put me in a pinebox/Six feet underground!" sings John Mellencamp… Life Death Love and Freedom The onetime Johnny Cougar firmly embraces geezerdom with Life Death Love and Freedom . "Just put me in a pinebox/Six feet underground!" sings John Mellencamp… 2008-07-15 John Mellencamp Rock
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Life Death Love and Freedom (2008)

John Mellencamp | GOOD OLD JOHN John Mellencamp ponders dying — and sounds vital doing it — on Life Death Love and Freedom
GOOD OLD JOHN John Mellencamp ponders dying — and sounds vital doing it — on Life Death Love and Freedom
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 15, 2008; Lead Performance: John Mellencamp; Genre: Rock

The onetime Johnny Cougar firmly embraces geezerdom with Life Death Love and Freedom. ''Just put me in a pinebox/Six feet underground!'' sings John Mellencamp on ''If I Die Sudden,'' one of this album's slow-burning rockers. And for much of the T Bone Burnett-produced collection, his grizzled vocals seem as if they belong to someone who really is about to shuffle off this mortal coil — which perfectly suits such melancholy tracks as the terrific riffing blues of ''John Cockers'' and the Tom Petty-ish ''Troubled Land.'' Though he may be contemplating mortality, Mellencamp, with his weathered snarl, still sounds remarkably alive. B
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Originally posted Jul 11, 2008 Published in issue #1002 Jul 18, 2008 Order article reprints
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