Tuesday, February 12, 2008
No. 364: American Recordings
Band: Johnny Cash
Album: American Recordings
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Johnny Cash's comeback album is something of a revelation and one of Rick Rubin's greatest triumphs. Combining traditional country songs and slightly off-the-wall covers, Cash makes his presence known again.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: This is actually ranked almost exactly where I'd expect. It's good, but not a superlative album, but it's entirely pleasant.
Best song: "Thirteen," a Danzig cover, is amazing.
Worst song: I don't love "Like a Soldier."
Is it awesome?: It's very, very good.
At the risk of sounding curt, the reason this album is on here is because the American Recording series is responsible for this: