OK. The Mellencamp on display here was nowhere to be seen prior to "American Fool."
If you listen to all his albums, in chronological order, one after the other, the second you get to "Hurts So Good", you sense something different.
This guy sound confident, assured. Brash, crystal-clear production.
The melody isn't catchy, it's irresistible. This is a classic pop song.
Then comes "Jack and Diane", a song that went from hit to overplayed to ridiculed to beloved classic. It's his prototype of story songs he had previously failed with, but was to soon master.
The drums simply thunder from your speakers...the remastering process shines here. The hand claps, the sizzling hi-hats...
...this is a chance for even the most jaded Mellencamp fans to rediscover this song, and fall in love with all over again.
Those two songs aren't just great singles, they're amongst the defining songs of an era...
The remainder of the album doesn't (...couldn't...) live up to those two songs, but there are some killer tunes left over. "Hand to Hold Onto" is a sunny single... the bonus track, "American Fool" is better than most of the other songs on the record too!
The classic artist we know and love first rears his head here.