John Cougar Mellencamp / John Mellencamp

The Lonesome Jubilee

1987

Contemporary Pop/Rock

John Mellencamp's fascination with the American heartland came into full flower on Scarecrow, but with its follow-up, The Lonesome Jubilee, he began exploring American folk musics, adding fiddle, accordions, and acoustic guitars to his band, which allowed him to explore folk and country.

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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May 4, 2014

Electro-Techno

The first album by the mysterious Russian producer (who now seems to go by the name Ratsnake) is an undisputed new-school electro classic, filled with stark, paranoid tracks which will do damage in any DJ set. The title track is one of the most addictive club tracks of the entire decade, but the rest of the album, including the lo-fi darkwave track "Stakan" and the chiptune-esque "Chatters", is just as powerful.

- Paul Simpson