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Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 1/27/2008...
This cd has many of my favorite tunes on it. However, overall it isn't my favorite that he has done.
J. Martin | Pittsburgh, PA | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not his best album but is highly recommended - give a listen to "Circling Around the Moon", "Just Another Day", and "Large World Turning"
NOTE: Kenny Arnoff quit Mellencamp's band when Mellencamp and Junior Vasquez decided to remix over Kenny's original drum work when editing this album
John Mellencamp - One His Most Overlooked, But Best Albums
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 10/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone who thinks that John Mellencamp is just about pop ditties like Jack and Diane or Hurts So Good needs to listen to this album. This is heartland American song writing at its very best and remains one of Mr. Mellencamp's best works. It is mostly dark and depressing as reflected in the album's sarcastic title. Happy Go Lucky was the first recording to be released after Mellencamp suffered a heart attack while still in his early 40's. It was a life changing experience and lends the generally dark tone of this album. The album only produced only one hit single for Mellencamp, but to my ears it is one of his all time best in Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First). Other highlights include a portrait of a mentally challenged man in Jerry. The bleak, This May Not Be The End Of The World (But You Can See It From Here). More moody stuff with The Full Catastrophe and Mr. Bellows. One of the best tracks on the album Circling Around The Moon, and the album closer the simple, but to the point Life Is Hard. If you are looking for Mellencamp's good time rock n roll music, this album may not be for you, but if you enjoy strong songwriting in a more non-commercial vein this album is highly recommended. I would think that even non Mellencamp fans could find this album enjoyable."