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    Plain Spoken

    John Cougar Mellencamp is an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. Mellencamp rose to superstardom in the 1980s while honing an almost
    startingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a strong of Top 10 singles, including Hurts So Good, Jack & Diane, Crumblin'
    Down, Pink Houses, Lonely Ol' Night, Small Town, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., Paper in Fire, and Cherry Bomb.


    To date, John has released 21 studio albums. He has released 10 albums that have all been certified platinum or multi-platinum in the United States, and
    Mellencampe has sold over 40illion albums worldwide throughout his career.


    A Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Mellencampe recently signed a historic 'Lifetime' deal with Republic Records. Known as
    The Voice of the Heartland, Mellencamp has touched the hearts and souls of music listeners and influenced American culture with enduring songs. His
    22nd full-length album, Plain Spoken, is a stunningly elegant and soul-searching gem.


    Produced by T Bone Burnett, Mellencamp continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken -- the first new music from the artist since 2010's critically
    acclaimed No Better Than This, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and received the honor of being on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of
    2010 list. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has created an important body of work that has earned him both critical respect and an enormous audience.
    An authoritative and eloquent storytellter who speaks to the sensibilities of the nation, Mellencamp is also one of the most successful live concert
    performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the
    founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farm. The Farm Aid concerts have raised
    over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

    1. Troubled Man
    2. Sometimes There's God
    3. The Isolation of Mister
    4. The Company of Cowards
    5. Tears In Vain
    6. The Brass Ring
    7. Freedom Of Speech
    8. Blue Charlotte
    9. The Courtesy of Kings
    10. Lawless Times
    John Mellencamp
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    The World Is Real (Awaiting Repress)

    LAKE's comprehensive pop vision has always been anchored in an honest mournfulness, a sensitivity to nature, and the vulnerability of life. These mark
    LAKE's more down tempo, contemplative grooves, which are given their fullest voice yet on The World Is Real, LAKE's fourth album for K and sixth overall.
    It follows 2008's Oh, the Places We'll Go, 2009's Let's Build A Roof, and 2011's Giving & Receiving, and was similarly recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio at K headquarters in their hometown of Olympia, Washington.


    The songwriting partnership of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore is the locus of LAKE's creative engine, but the additional members are as integral and
    longstanding. They are the diversely talented Andrew Dorsett, Markly Morisson, and Lindsay Schief. The creative sound that surrounds LAKE is storied in collaboration, sonic adventure and an allegiance to exploring the limits of crafting pop songs. They have toured, recorded and allied with some of the most pioneering figures in contemporary independent music: R. Stevie Moore, Chris Cohen, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum's Mt. Eerie, for example.


    Lead track Do You Recall? offers wide and subtle nods to working-class 80's classics like Mellencamp's Jack & Diane, or Hornsby's The Way It Is. Featuring drum machine and nostalgic guitar riffs, the lead and group vocals float through droning synths like wind to a bounded world.


    Dog in the Desert one of the album's centerpieces, was initially inspired by the text-works of conceptual artist, Richard Long, and his "art made by walking in landscapes" (richardlong.org). Eriksson's voice, and the dark plodding instrumentation of the song, take Long's images and shape them into a meditation on abandonment, loss and reconciliation with nature.


    Tellingly, the earthbound bass groove on Dog in the Desert is a quotation of Steely Dan's Black Cow. It is not the only song to directly live sample Fagen and Becker: Perfect Fit mashes up the chordal rhythms of Peg to excellent effect.
    It's clear that LAKE enjoys to boldly tread and rework the classics in this way, most notably in Mark Morrison's first personal LAKE offering Takin' My Time, a direct reference to the Isley Brothers song "Caravan of Love." This smooth R&B pop seducer - a wild crowd favorite at LAKE's local Olympia outings - is a bit of an aside from The World Is Real's more meditative core.


    Other highlights on The World Is Real: Bury the House takes its 60's styled psychedelic setting for a playful, self-deprecating riff on LAKE's own new age-y ideals: Bury the house / under the garden / make an attempt to go outside. Composure and "I Wish For You" have the pop attributes of Pet Sounds and Smile era Beach Boys - faintly forlorn, but still warm and sweet. And the community oriented compassion exhibited by LAKE's members is beautifully summarized in the opening lines of album closer Reconcile: How do we exist under the sun
    but not in bliss? / What could have been? / Act on it.


    Lovers of hybrid pop will hear the bright whirring electronic keys that notably set McCartney II apart from the rest of Paul's catalog, as well as the bittersweet organ and keyboard influence of Yo La Tengo, and the minimalist funk of Talking Heads on
    this record. However, precise comparison is difficult: The World is Real avoids easy genre comparisons. An album full of the articulation of discontent and loss, LAKE captures these emotions in tandem with the pop music joys they have so expertly reigned in for many years.

    1. Do You Recall?
    2. Bury The House
    3. Combat Culture
    4. Composure
    5. Go Back
    6. Dog In The Desert
    7. Perfect Fit
    8. Takin' My Time
    9. I Wish For You
    10. In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
    11. Reconcile
    Lake
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