Big Daddy

Big Daddy

by John MellencampJohn Cougar Mellencamp

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

Continuing with the folk inclinations of The Lonesome Jubilee, John Mellencamp recorded his most ambitious and serious-minded album with Big Daddy. Mellencamp produced the record himself, giving the album a concise and stripped-down sound, which help give his songs the appearance of being gritty statements of truth. Unfortunately, Mellencamp isn't saying nearly as much as he believes he is, since his lyrics tend to be clichéd and half-baked, making much of the album feel pompous and self-serving. This is only reinforced by the lack of rockers on Big Daddy, since he saves the most carefree moment -- a ripping cover of the Hombres' "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" -- for an unlisted bonus track. Still, when he does hit his target, like on the gentle "Jackie Brown," the stuttering, fiddle-driven "Sometimes a Great Notion," and even the self-pitying "Pop Singer," Mellencamp proves that his talents haven't abandoned him. [Big Daddy was re-released on LP in 2016.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2016
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602547843241
catalogNumber: 002480001
Rank: 85332

Tracks

  1. Big Daddy of Them All
  2. To Live
  3. Martha Say
  4. Theo and Weird Henry
  5. Jackie Brown
  6. Pop Singer
  7. Void in My Heart
  8. Mansions in Heaven
  9. Sometimes a Great Notion
  10. Gentleman
  11. Question

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