Life, Death, Love and Freedom

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Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Life Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 15, 2008
RecordedAugust 13, 2007–2008 Belmont Mall
LabelHear Music
ProducerT Bone Burnett
John Mellencamp chronology
Freedom's Road
Life, Death, Love and Freedom
Life, Death, Live and Freedom
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The A.V. ClubC+[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Observer[5]
The Phoenix[7]
Rolling Stone[9]
Slant Magazine[10]

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 use the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) process. T-Bone Burnett worked with engineers to develop CODE, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files. The CODE version of "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" is on 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


Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 21


  1. ^ a b c "Life Death Love and Freedom by John Mellencamp".
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ "John Mellencamp: Life Death Love And Freedom". July 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "Life Death Love and Freedom –".
  5. ^ Thomson, Graeme (October 11, 2008). "Pop review: John Mellencamp, Life Death Love and Freedom" – via The Guardian.
  6. ^ "John Mellencamp: Life Death Love and Freedom".
  7. ^ "John Mellencamp – Life Death Love and Freedom". Archived from the original on January 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "John Mellencamp: Life Death Love and Freedom".
  9. ^ "Life Death Love and Freedom".
  10. ^ "John Mellencamp Life Death Love and Freedom – Album Review – Slant Magazine".
  11. ^ "The 100 Best Singles of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved December 25, 2008
  12. ^ " Tony K's Best Albums of the Decade 25-1 Review".
  13. ^ The 50 Best Albums of 2008, Q, January 2009, p. 82
  14. ^ " – John Mellencamp – Life, Death, Love and Freedom". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 27, 2021.

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