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Smalltownboy
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« on: October 01, 2014, 01:01:14 pm »

With the Life Death, Love & Freedom, No Better Than This and Plain Spoken albums, John has put out the best music of his career.  Lyrically and musically there's a rich and soulful sound.  There is so much emotion.  Emotion we all feel.  In some ways John is the Bob Dylan/Pete Seeger/Woody Guthrie of the 21st century.  That's quite an achievement.  John at 63 is still the angry rebel he was as a young Johnny Cougar.  He just grew up.

Each on of the last 3 albums is fantastic.  They all have something special about them.




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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 06:25:13 pm »

Although more of a rock album than the last three ''i see it as a transitional album'' Freedom's Road was no slouch. I think at the moment there isn't a better songwriter out there, that includes Dylan, Paul Simon, Richard Thompson etc... forget Springsteen, not even close, his more recent work pales in comparison.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 12:22:53 am »

I hadn't thought about Freedom's Road when I posted the original message but I agree, it's also and excellent album.  It also has some dark elements as the last three albums do.  John is, without a doubt, among today's best singer/songwriters.




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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2014, 07:20:07 am »

I most certainly agree! Since Freedom Road John has been my favorite songwriter, Neil Young is my #1 favorite artist but John's songwriting since Freedom Road has been so much better than Neil's.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 12:23:50 pm »

100% agree your opinion about his last albums. he is constantly writing great songs, his creativity doesn´t seem to end.  where others reached their top level some 30 years ago, John´s consistency is astonishing.
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2014, 10:28:47 am »

It's great to hear how John's writing has changed and evolved throughout his career.  He continues to delve deep within himself to put the words and music out.  It's a treat to hear.  I'm sure John will continue on this journey of self discovery and storytelling about all the aspects of life.




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