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"...[Mellencamp's] vibrantly funny and touching film plays as an extension of his music without his singing a note..." Rolling Stone "...FALLING FROM GRACE has a folksy, collaborative feeling that works well....Mellencamp's direction, like his performance in the central role, reflects an affecting earnestness..." New York Times "...A movie of heart, subtlety, and dramatic zest..." Entertainment Weekly "...There's a sharp, novelistic sense of observation in the way the characters bounce off each other's time-worn hostilities. The dialogue has an emotional subtext -- an undertow of feeling..." Los Angeles Times "...Mellencamp turns out to have a real filmmaking gift. His film is perceptive and subtle....The characters created here with McMurtry are three-dimensional and fully realized..." Chicago Sun-Times45.45948

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"[T]he real subject of this film, with its philosophical voice-overs by the filmmaker and its haunting shots of decayed American downtowns, is the passage of time and the toll it takes....An odd and touching little film."Wall Street Journal "The result is a kind of homespun video scrapbook....It feels handmade and human."Movieline34.31288

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Rolling Stone - "NO BETTER shows Mellencamp channeling spirits and stepping into period styles. They fit him perfectly..."Entertainment Weekly (p.125) - "Compelling and heartfelt, NO BETTER feel tantalizingly timeless..." -- Grade: A-Billboard (p.28) - "The songs are intimate, thoughtful and rank with the best of his mature brand of folk-styled rock."Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] deeply felt and surprisingly enjoyable exploration of American vernacular music, a set of originals essaying everything from Appalachian mountain folk to boom-chicka country to jumping rockabilly."34.10464

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Rolling Stone - "NO BETTER shows Mellencamp channeling spirits and stepping into period styles. They fit him perfectly..."Entertainment Weekly (p.125) - "Compelling and heartfelt, NO BETTER feel tantalizingly timeless..." -- Grade: A-Billboard (p.28) - "The songs are intimate, thoughtful and rank with the best of his mature brand of folk-styled rock."Mojo (Publisher) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] deeply felt and surprisingly enjoyable exploration of American vernacular music, a set of originals essaying everything from Appalachian mountain folk to boom-chicka country to jumping rockabilly."34.10464

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"[T]he real subject of this film, with its philosophical voice-overs by the filmmaker and its haunting shots of decayed American downtowns, is the passage of time and the toll it takes....An odd and touching little film."Wall Street Journal "The result is a kind of homespun video scrapbook....It feels handmade and human."Movieline28.62877

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Rolling Stone (No. 966, p.64) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[M]ore than just an impressive retrospective from the bard of Belmont, Indiana....[features] a cherry-picked selection of lesser-known gems..."28.42054

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3 stars out of 5 -- "Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and John Mellencamp stop by to belt out their songs..."Rolling Stone1.02489

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Dirty Linen (p.56) - "[A] thoughtfully compiled and informative trip through the world of Rodgers covers that emphasizes the widespread influence he had on 20th-century American music."0.06941175

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The rootsy acoustic-electric musical stance was very close to John Cougar Mellencamp..."0.5499854

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Rolling Stone (p.88) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "[T]he darkest, most compelling Mellencamp album in years."Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "Though he may be contemplating mortality, Mellencamp, with his weathered snarl, still sound remarkably alive." -- Grade: BDirty Linen (p.52) - "[T]hanks to Mellencamp's melodies and the musical settings provided by his band and Burnett's lush, spirited production, the songs shine as beacons..."Billboard - "The eight-song album is an honest-to-goodness testament to Mellencamp's longevity, artistry and ability to connect with his audience."Mojo (Publisher) (p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Amid producer T Bone Burnett's open prairie sound and aptly distorted guitar moods, Mellencamp croaks a sequence of raw, all but nihilistic yet far from self-pitying first-person tales..."0.4172062

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Rolling Stone (p.88) - Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "[T]he darkest, most compelling Mellencamp album in years."Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "Though he may be contemplating mortality, Mellencamp, with his weathered snarl, still sound remarkably alive." -- Grade: BDirty Linen (p.52) - "[T]hanks to Mellencamp's melodies and the musical settings provided by his band and Burnett's lush, spirited production, the songs shine as beacons..."Billboard - "The eight-song album is an honest-to-goodness testament to Mellencamp's longevity, artistry and ability to connect with his audience."Mojo (Publisher) (p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Amid producer T Bone Burnett's open prairie sound and aptly distorted guitar moods, Mellencamp croaks a sequence of raw, all but nihilistic yet far from self-pitying first-person tales..."0.4172062

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.102) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (10/3/02, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Unified by his gift for melody, the theme of heartbreak and his adenoidal vocal resemblance to Paul Simon....the ballads are much better than the rockers..."Spin (1/03, p.72) - Ranked #33 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year"Spin (11/02, p.119) - 7 out of 10 - "...Adams at his soulful, hyperstudious peak..."Entertainment Weekly (10/4/02, pp.150,153) - "...Dominated by intentionally underproduced acoustic ballads...Adams is very adept at this genre....[The music] wafts in the air and settles gently on the furniture..." - Rating: B-Q (10/02, p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An album largely split between moments of hushed intimacy and gonzoid rockers....it sounds like Adams is auditioning to be the next John Cougar Mellencamp..."Uncut (1/03, p.94) - Ranked #13 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...DEMOLITION is further proof that his creative instincts are still intact..."CMJ (9/30/02, p.6) - "Adams commands each musical style with ease and authority....the quality of the material makes it hard to believe these songs are all untouched demos..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.74) - Ranked #22 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.92) - "...A fine, multi-faceted album with very little surplus."NME (Magazine) (9/21/02, p.39) - 8 out of 10 - "DEMOLITION finds Ryan Adams in a fittingly traditional musical setting--at a crossroads."0.1718704

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