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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Album Review: Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave (2010)

The late great Johnny Cash, sadly, has been gone from us around eight years now, and even in death his voice still draws in a crowd thanks to the contract he signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings label. Many of his greatest triumphs, many will say, come from this unusual collaboration with Rubin and Cash. To date, a total of six albums have been produced since 1994, many of them garnering critical appraisal, including the salubrious 2002 offering, American IV: The Man Comes Around. Of course, some of them don't quite rate as highly as IV . For me, Ain't No Grave is something that fills the space in my CD collection better than it fills my time. It simply doesn't hold my attention. Bar the likes of the title track, "Redemption Day", and "Aloha Oe", the songs are just too mellow to be fully appreciated. Tedious is another word that comes to mind, but that is probably too strong a word to describe them. My verdict - stick to the others and you can't go wrong. B-

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