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  • Summary: New songs were created from Johnny Cash's letters, poems and unfinished or rejected lyrics by T-Bone Burnett, Carlene Carter, Rosanne Cash, Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, Dailey & Vincent, Robert Glasper, I’m With Her, The Jayhawks, Jewel, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp,New songs were created from Johnny Cash's letters, poems and unfinished or rejected lyrics by T-Bone Burnett, Carlene Carter, Rosanne Cash, Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, Dailey & Vincent, Robert Glasper, I’m With Her, The Jayhawks, Jewel, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves (with her husband Ruston Kelly), Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, and Union Station. Expand
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  1. Apr 17, 2018
    80
    The gathered family, friends, and artists on Forever Words have completed Cash's newly found poetry and lyrics into well-crafted collaborations.
  2. 80
    Even the simplest songs here are studded with magic moments that shift the centre of gravity.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 2, 2018
    80
    It all shines a light on Cash's enduring artistry. [May 2018, p.94]
  4. 70
    There’s plenty to both enjoy and mull over as Cash’s thoughtful, often poetic lyrics spill out in a variety of settings. It makes this collection worthy of the man’s iconic status, which is saying plenty.
  5. Apr 9, 2018
    70
    Johnny Cash: Forever Words has some brilliant moments and is an often-moving tribute to Cash's gifts as a writer, but as a listening experience, it's unfortunately inconsistent. Maybe some of this was better left on paper.
  6. Apr 5, 2018
    70
    Just as Billy Bragg and Wilco helped reanimate and modernize the words of Woody Guthrie with their Mermaid Avenue albums 20 years ago, Forever Words is a moving, illuminating window into the grace, darkness, mercy and struggle that Johnny Cash spent his entire life documenting in song.
  7. Uncut
    Apr 2, 2018
    60
    Best are tunes that showcase Cash's plainspoken lyricism and mould his musing into fully formed songs. [May 2018, p. 37]

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