Freedom's Road

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Freedom's Road
Studio album by John Mellencamp
Released January 23, 2007
Recorded June–October, 2006
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 48:46
Label Universal Republic
Producer John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp chronology
Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits
(2004)
Freedom's Road
(2007)
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of John Mellencamp
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (65/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
Music Box 3.5/5 stars[5]
NeuFutur (6.2/10)[6]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine C+[10]
Uncut 2/5 stars[1]

Freedom's Road is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp, released in 2007. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at number five in late January 2007, becoming the highest debuting album of Mellencamp's career.[11] The song "Our Country" received significant exposure prior to the release of the album, as it was featured in frequently-aired commercials for Chevrolet trucks. The country band Little Big Town provides background vocals on eight songs on the album, including "Our Country." Mellencamp intended for Freedom's Road to have a 1960s rock sound while still remaining contemporary, and he feels that goal was achieved. "We wanted to make sure that it had the same feeling of some of the great songs from the '60s but also had the message of today and had the backbeat of today. I think we came up with a pretty timeless sounding album," Mellencamp told his online radio station in late 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp.

  1. "Someday" – 3:08
  2. "Ghost Towns Along the Highway" – 4:40
  3. "The Americans" – 5:11
  4. "Forgiveness" – 4:30
  5. "Freedom's Road" – 4:19
  6. "Jim Crow" – 3:22
  7. "Our Country" – 3:47
  8. "Rural Route" – 3:08
  9. "My Aeroplane" – 4:41
  10. "Heaven Is a Lonely Place" – 4:32
  11. "Rodeo Clown" [hidden track after several minutes of silence] – 4:25
Sample from John Mellencamp's "Our Country". From the album Freedom's Road.

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Personnel[edit]

  • John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar
  • Dane Clark – drums, percussion
  • John Gunnell – bass
  • Troye Kinnett – keyboards
  • Miriam Sturm – violin
  • Mike Wanchic – guitars, vocals
  • Andy York – guitars, vocals, flute-a-phone

With[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (America)[12]

Year Chart Position
February 10, 2007 The Billboard 200 5

Singles - Billboard (America)[13]

Year Single Chart Position
2006 "Our Country" Hot Country Songs 39
2006 "Our Country" Billboard Hot 100 88
2007 "Our Country" Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 16
2007 "The Americans" Hot Country Songs 55

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ Music Box review
  6. ^ NeuFutur review
  7. ^ The Phoenix review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  11. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Pretty Ricky, Shins Grab Top Album Chart Spots", Billboard.com, January 31, 2007.
  12. ^ Billboard.com - Discography - John Mellencamp - Freedom's Road
  13. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - John Mellencamp

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