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Big Daddy
     

Big Daddy

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by John Cougar Mellencamp
 

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Continuing with the folk inclinations of The Lonesome Jubilee, John Mellencamp recorded his most ambitious and serious-minded album with Big Daddy. Mellencamp produced the record himself, giving the album a concise and stripped-down sound, which help give his songs the appearance of being gritty statements of truth. Unfortunately, Mellencamp isn't saying

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Continuing with the folk inclinations of The Lonesome Jubilee, John Mellencamp recorded his most ambitious and serious-minded album with Big Daddy. Mellencamp produced the record himself, giving the album a concise and stripped-down sound, which help give his songs the appearance of being gritty statements of truth. Unfortunately, Mellencamp isn't saying nearly as much as he believes he is, since his lyrics tend to be clichéd and half-baked, making much of the album feel pompous and self-serving. This is only reinforced by the lack of rockers on Big Daddy, since he saves the most carefree moment -- a ripping cover of the Hombres' "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" -- for an unlisted bonus track. Still, when he does hit his target, like on the gentle "Jackie Brown," the stuttering, fiddle-driven "Sometimes a Great Notion," and even the self-pitying "Pop Singer," Mellencamp proves that his talents haven't abandoned him.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042283822023
catalogNumber:
838220

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Performance Credits

John Mellencamp   Primary Artist
Lisa Germano   Violin
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
John Cascella   Accordion,Keyboards
Larry Crane   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Georgia Jones   Background Vocals
Toby Myers   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic   Bass,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Willie Weeks   Bass Guitar
Nancy Arnold   Oboe

Technical Credits

Lisa Germano   Contributor
John Hunter   Composer
Kenny Aronoff   Contributor
John Cascella   Contributor
Larry Crane   Contributor
B.B. Cunningham   Composer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Jerry Masters   Composer
John Mellencamp   Producer
Toby Myers   Contributor
Crystal Taliefero   Contributor
Mike Wanchic   Contributor
George Corsillo   Artwork
Gary McEwen   Composer

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