Over the last three decades, John Mellencamp has covered a variety of musical styles, songs and rhythms under the umbrella of heartland rock. On his newest offering, Mellencamp digs deep into the archives of his musical experience. An homage to some of the greatest songwriting feats in history, Other People’s Stuff is emblematic of John Mellencamp’s storytelling ability and his time-tested musicality. Although this is a covers album, John Mellencamp has no trouble bringing originality to these classics. Other People’s Stuff is a compilation of his own design. Although decades span between certain songs, the album avoids discontinuity. Thirty years into his career, Mellencamp still manages to bring something exciting to the heartland rock template.