American VI: Ain't No Grave

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  • Summary: The last recordings of the country/rock legend features songs from 2006's "American V: A Hundred Highways" recording sessions and was again produced by Rick Rubin.
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  1. Fortified by his Christian faith, he lends a cracked gravity to souvenirs of cornball sentiment ranging in tone from Ed McCurdy's political "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream" to Queen Lili'uokalani's escapist "Aloha Oe," which close an album that also includes the traditional title song, a Sheryl Crow number about redemption, "Cool Water," and the tenderest "For the Good Times" I've ever heard.
  2. The 10 songs on American VI find Cash sounding frail but determined, and the material doesn't let him down.
  3. 88
    Comprised of tracks recorded with Rick Rubin right up until Cash's death in late 2003, American VI is a fitting send-off for the Man in Black.
  4. Mojo
    That's the master interpreter, though older and creakier. He brings the song to you in detail. [Apr 2010, p.93]
  5. Not all of American VI has such nerve, which was more common on the earliest releases in the series.
  6. Under The Radar
    His inimitable voice sounds strong and resolute in the face of trial and tribulations. It often seems that every word takes on an added gravity here. [Winter 2010, p.70]
  7. Cash deserves better than this. In fact, he deserves to be left in peace. Some things should just be left alone.

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