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  • Summary: The fifth and final of Cash's sessions with producer Rick Rubin was recorded shortly before the singer's 2003 death. Included among two Cash originals are covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams, and more.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. As with his last couple of releases in the American series, his voice no longer commands attention with booming authority, but there's something about that gasping frailty that makes this proud final bow even more endearing.
  2. 93
    A hefty team was assembled to do this right... and do it right they do. [#21, p.93]
  3. From beginning to end, it's as heartwarming and heartbreaking an album as you're likely to hear this year. [Aug 2006, p.86]
  4. It is put together with a huge degree of dignity and respect that makes it the perfect swansong for the Man In Black.
  5. It’s a pleasant collection, comfortably consolidated and comfortably nice, despite the lack of anything earth-shattering.
  6. 70
    The dignity and sharp poetic instincts on American V are all classic Cash. [Aug 2006, p.89]
  7. Highways is a far cry from what made this now deceased legend eternal. [#14]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. ChrisP
    Jul 5, 2006
    10
    This is the best of the amazing series. Power, feeling and genuine quality flow though every track. I've been moved to tears a few times This is the best of the amazing series. Power, feeling and genuine quality flow though every track. I've been moved to tears a few times during this CD - it really is amazing - listen to it without thinking about the history and background to its recording and it's fab but add those factors to it and you realise just how precious this work is. True genious at work. Expand
  2. MerleH
    Oct 3, 2006
    10
    John an I have been good friends since the mid 70's. This man is real. I feel as though i have had a priveledge knowing him and loving John an I have been good friends since the mid 70's. This man is real. I feel as though i have had a priveledge knowing him and loving him. we love you, John. the Hag Expand
  3. JosiahR
    Jul 6, 2006
    10
    Is it wrong to give Cash a 10 just out of respect? Nevermind that it's a solid offering.
  4. Rev.Rikard
    Jul 16, 2006
    10
    This is one of the few albums I have purchased that blends human frailty, personal confession, genuine faith, and unquestionable serenity. This is one of the few albums I have purchased that blends human frailty, personal confession, genuine faith, and unquestionable serenity. Cash is a hurt, grieving man; but, a man who knows it will soon end in utter peace and reunion with his "Rose". For years the Man in Black stood tall as an instrument of protest against injustice, whether the injustice was our treatment of one another or the music establishment's desire to pigeonhole every artist. Here, Cash still stands tall in protest. Now he looks death in the eye and dares it to fill him with regret or fear. Someone once said, "I am not afraid of what happens to me after I die, I am more afraid of what happens to me while I live." On this album we hear what happened to Cash while he lived: he fell, got up, failed, learned, and most of all loved. The choice of songs and the manner in which they are delivered let us know the Man in Black died enlightened. Destiny had to team Cash and Rubin for his last musical statement. Thank God he did not go quietly into the night. Expand
  5. DavidY
    Aug 6, 2006
    10
    Johnny Cash never did set a foot wrong musically, and this record is no exception. Every song on the American series, Cash sings as if Johnny Cash never did set a foot wrong musically, and this record is no exception. Every song on the American series, Cash sings as if it's the last song he'll ever sing, which is spooky considering how close he was to his death recording this album. "Like The 309" nearly brought me to tears when I discovered this was the last song he ever wrote. True genius, which we will never see again... Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2012
    8
    Probably the most mellow and gentle of the American Recordings albums. I always got a feel of defiance from volumes III and IV but on V it'sProbably the most mellow and gentle of the American Recordings albums. I always got a feel of defiance from volumes III and IV but on V it's almost as if the man in black is resigned to his fate as this point. The fire is almost doused here. This style suits the songs picked for this record - a lot of them have a very delicate feel to them, mirroring the state of the singers health at this point. Free from the chain gang now.... another fine piece of work that fits in well with his American series and a suitable farewell from a legend. Expand
  7. PatH
    Jul 16, 2006
    7
    While his vocals are sad and longing, it does not compete with the first three but better than 4

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