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Big Beef Music Review

By Greg

Click to Hear The Best That I Can DoHe was born John Mellencamp. He became famous as John Cougar, then John Cougar Mellencamp, and now John Mellencamp. We always return to our roots, somehow. If you're feeling nostalgic, and remembering your roots, especially your high school days, The Best That I Can Do, by John Mellencamp is an excellent CD.

If you were born between 1965 and 1975, this CD will bring back memories. It may do so, even if you weren't born in that time period. On some tunes, John Melllencamp has a special way of singing in first person that makes every song personal. The music and lyrics are never very deep or sophisticated, but simple and sometimes touching.

Ain't Even Done With The Night is a great example of the power of simplicity. It's a teen coming of age story reminiscent of everyone's first sexual experience.

You say that I'm the boy
who can make it all come true.
Well I'm tellin' ya that I don't know
if I know what to do.
You say, "that's all right.
Hold tight."
Well I don't even know if I'm doin' this right.
Well all right.
Hold tight.
We can stay out all day.
We can run around all night.
Well, all night, all night.
Well it's time to go home
and I ain't even done with the night.

The nights were always too short in the front seat of a '75 Chevy Nova parked in front of the airport.

There are a bevy of other tunes on this CD that will bring back memories including: Hurt so Good, Jack and Diane (Kahn and Diane for my HSS friends), Pink Houses, Small Town, and R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. This album qualifies for 5 BB & B's just on the grounds that it is timeless. It may not be ageless, however, but definitely should be in your collection. Open a six pack of Old Dutch, pop in this CD, sit back, and talk about old times.

Ranking:   out of 5 BB&B's.


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