Life, Death, Love and Freedom

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Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Life Cover.jpg
Studio album by John Mellencamp
Released July 15, 2008
Recorded August 13, 2007-2008 Belmont Mall
Length 49:40
Label Hear Music
Producer T Bone Burnett
John Mellencamp chronology
Freedom's Road
(2007)Freedom's Road2007
Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Life, Death, Live and Freedom
(2009)Life, Death, Live and Freedom2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubC+[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Observer3/5 stars[5]
The Phoenix3/4 stars[7]
PopMatters8/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[1]

Life, Death, Love and Freedom is the 20th folk rock album by singer-songwriter John Mellencamp and produced by T-Bone Burnett. It was released on July 15, 2008. At the end of 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named Life, Death, Love and Freedom No. 5 on its list of the 50 best albums of the year. The song "Troubled Land" was number 48 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Singles of 2008.[11] named it number 18 on their top albums of the decade list.[12] The album was named No. 38 in Q's 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008.[13]

Mellencamp has characterized the album as a collection of "modern electric folk songs." The album's first single was "My Sweet Love," and it was serviced to radio on June 10, 2008.

In the liner notes to his 2010 box set On the Rural Route 7609, Mellencamp said of Life, Death, Love and Freedom: "I would put that album, that collection of songs, up against any record ever made. In my mind that record is as good as just about any record ever made. That's a good feeling, to be able to finally say, 'hey, after nearly two dozen albums, I finally made a record that I think is as good as anything out there.'"


Life, Death, Love and Freedom was the first album release to utilize the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) process. T-Bone Burnett worked with engineers to developed CODE, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files. The CODE version of "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" is a DVD that was packaged along with the standard CD version of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp.

  1. "Longest Days" – 3:11
  2. "My Sweet Love" – 3:27
  3. "If I Die Sudden" – 3:45
  4. "Troubled Land" – 3:23
  5. "Young Without Lovers" – 2:49
  6. "John Cockers" – 3:51
  7. "Don't Need This Body" – 3:26
  8. "A Ride Back Home" – 3:12
  9. "Without a Shot" – 3:40
  10. "Jena" – 3:41
  11. "Mean" – 2:34
  12. "County Fair" – 3:41
  13. "For the Children" – 4:36
  14. "A Brand New Song" – 3:58


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