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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. There are none of the folk-alt-rock karaoke selections of previous American discs on American VI: Ain't No Grave, just 10 wholly appropriate picks that speak to the gravity of ?Johnny Cash's situation and his joy?in both life and death.
  2. The 10 songs on American VI find Cash sounding frail but determined, and the material doesn't let him down.
  3. The music casts long shadows, packed with foreboding. But Cash's voice isn't particularly morbid or self-pitying. Instead, it's tinged by longing--not for what he's leaving behind, but for what's next.
  4. Ain't No Grave strengthens the overall series.
  5. 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]
  6. Not all of American VI has such nerve, which was more common on the earliest releases in the series.
  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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