American V: A Hundred Highways

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Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

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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.

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God's Gonna Cut You Down
You can run on for a long time Run on for a long time Run on for a long time Sooner or later God'll cut you down Sooner or later God'll cut you... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Virtually every song sounds like a leave-taking, though the overall mood is reflective and restrained, in places almost easy-going.
  2. Filter
    93
    A hefty team was assembled to do this right... and do it right they do. [#21, p.93]
  3. Paste Magazine
    90
    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. Spin
    80
    Though his delivery veers between strength and frailty, he's in full control. [Aug 2006, p.83]
  5. If the force-of-nature power of his prime is often missing, in its place is an undeniable resolve and faith in his mission. [25 Jun 2006]
  6. Blender
    70
    Some selections are heartwrenching... But others bear the stain of sentimentality, denial, even exploitation. [Jul 2006, p.98]
  7. Under The Radar
    60
    Highways is a far cry from what made this now deceased legend eternal. [#14]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. DanaH
    Jul 5, 2006
    10
    Mesmerizing... Rubin did a good job in terms of arrangement of the 12 selections. This album could have been too heavy for most listeners to Mesmerizing... Rubin did a good job in terms of arrangement of the 12 selections. This album could have been too heavy for most listeners to bear, but just when you think you can't bear it any more, Cash's salt n vinegar humor or (surprisingly) gentle reflectiveness helps us get through. The Man in Black rides out in style ( on the 309)... Expand
  2. Jul 24, 2015
    10
    As Cash's voice finally begins to fade away after a life of pain and misery and recently-redemption; he puts power and emotion into the wordsAs Cash's voice finally begins to fade away after a life of pain and misery and recently-redemption; he puts power and emotion into the words and crafts them perfectly against equally powerful and emotional instrumentals. The album tell a story of life; pain, joy, and longing..it's all here. Expand
  3. NickM
    Jul 6, 2006
    10
    absolutly amazing, this cd is extremely emotional, and extremely well done, it is music at its finest.
  4. andewb
    Jul 17, 2006
    10
    As far as final words go, this is truly fitting. Not a hard hitting goodbye that overshadows any of his earlier works but a gentle whisper As far as final words go, this is truly fitting. Not a hard hitting goodbye that overshadows any of his earlier works but a gentle whisper that leaves you reflecting on a lifetime of artistic achievment Expand
  5. ChadM
    Sep 1, 2006
    10
    This is a phenomanally haunting collection of songs. I actually think it is the best out of the 5 Americana albums. You can hear him This is a phenomanally haunting collection of songs. I actually think it is the best out of the 5 Americana albums. You can hear him struggling on quite a few songs which really puts where he was at the time of recording in perspective. This is as good as any album released so far this year. Expand
  6. DecepticonPom
    Dec 13, 2006
    9
    Unlike most of what I normally listen to, but this sent chills through me from the first play. The truly stunning sound of a man accepting of Unlike most of what I normally listen to, but this sent chills through me from the first play. The truly stunning sound of a man accepting of his own death. The Man In Black would have loved this album if he heard it recorded by another artist. 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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