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Uh-Huh [Bonus Tracks]

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Review

Since American Fool illustrated that John Cougar was becoming an actual songwriter, it's only proper that he reclaimed his actual last name, Mellencamp, for the follow-up, Uh-Huh. After all, now that he had success, he wanted to be taken seriously, and Uh-Huh reflects that in its portraits of brokenhearted life in the Midwest and its rumbling undercurrent of despair. Although his lyrics still have the tendency to be a little too vague, they are more effective here than ever before, as is his music; he might not have changed his style at all -- it's still a fusion of the Stones and Springsteen -- except that he now knows how to make it his own. Uh-Huh runs out of steam toward the end, but the first half -- with the dynamic rocker "Crumblin' Down," his best protest song, "Pink Houses," the punky "Authority Song," the melancholy "Warmer Place to Sleep," and the garage rocker "Play Guitar" -- makes the record his first terrific album. [Universal's 2005 CD reissue appends a bonus track, an acoustic version of "Pink Houses."] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Crumblin' Down John Mellencamp 3:33
  3. 2 Pink Houses John Mellencamp 4:43
  4. 3 Authority Song John Mellencamp 3:47
  5. 4 Warmer Place to Sleep John Mellencamp 3:46
  6. 5 Jackie O John Mellencamp 3:3
  7. 6 Play Guitar John Mellencamp 3:21
  8. 7 Serious Business John Mellencamp 3:25
  9. 8 Lovin' Mother Fo Ya John Mellencamp 3:4
  10. 9 Golden Gates John Mellencamp 4:1
  11. 10 Pink Houses [Acoustic Version] John Mellencamp 3:43

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