Thursday, March 11, 2010

Johnny Cash (American VI: Ain't No Grave)

Just finished listening to the new Johnny Cash release American VI: Ain't No Grave.
Ain't No Grave is by far the stand out on this album and is reminiscent of songs like God's Gonna Cut you Down, and Ring of Fire. In Johnny's Old age he had a deep wise and even eerie resonance that was absent in his early work. Other endearing songs on this album include Sheryl Crow's 1996 Redemption Day, Bob Nolan's desert mirage song Clear Water, and Hank Snow's 1954 It Don't Hurt Anymore. The other tracks on this album, though they do not fall flat, lack a depth in their arrangements and tend not to have that JOhnny Cash "bite" that makes you feel like the songs came straight out of his soul. Finally, though it could not be accused of being flat, Aloho Oe, Johhny's nod to Hawaiian folk songs proves that he was never afraid to cover any song he wanted. Anyway, I am sure happy to have more of Johnny Cash and thrilled to add Ain't No Grave to the Regular Playlist along with Going to Jackson, Hurt, Ring of Fire, One, Folsom Prison Blues, Get Rhythme, God's Gonna Cut You Down and I Walk the Line.