Enliven Entertainment/Eagle Rock
Bruce Springsteen is the boss. And John Mellencamp is, at best, 2IC. Which is plain to see. Even more obvious to hear. And here he takes his Plain Spoken album – the 20-something-th of his career and places it in the live context, a few hits from across his catalogue too – in a Netflix special that is a mash-up of concert DVD and self-narrated “doco” (ie: it’s an audio-book where Johnny Cougar talks about his life over the top of his songs).
Taking all of the magic of a memoir and a great concert DVD – and totally fucking ruining both! – this is possibly the dumbest idea ever.
It’s utterly absurd.
Anyone telling you that this is a “Fresh” approach is a fucking lunatic.
Maybe if he’d stuck with the good old-fashioned DVD format he could have presented options – for you to listen to just the commentary, or the concert – or both. Why anyone would want to have these nearly-good songs ruined by a sub-Steinbeck narrative is beyond me.
And he puts it out this way on Netflix? Muthafucka, I’m already reading my phone while I’m watching/listening to “Music Concert/Doco” things on Netflix. I don’t need another voice getting in the way…
This Cougar is unlikely to snare any new fans with his dumb-as-fuck “concept”.
Avoid like, erm, paper in fire…
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