Thursday, May 11, 2006

Johnny Cash

I bought Johnny Cash's last album the other day. I grew up listening to Johnny Cash around the house, but "American IV: The Man Comes Around" is an incredibly powerful and moving musical legacy. Most of the songs are incredibly sad, but moving. "Hurt" is the song that most people equate with the album, but the title track "When the Man Comes Around" is the one I've been listening to over and over. Cash himself said he worked on that song for longer than any other song he's ever written. His voice is older and rougher, but still distinctive and excellent. In fact the musical excellence of the album is quite amazing. Listen at your own risk, because there are a couple objectionable words, but on the whole I've enjoyed the album.


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