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American Recordings IV: The Man Comes Around

Released on 04 November 2002

Artist: Johnny Cash

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  1. The Man Comes Around - written by Johnny Cash
  2. Hurt - written by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails)
  3. Give My Love To Rose - written by Johnny Cash
  4. Bridge Over Troubled Water (w/ Fiona Apple) - written by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
  5. I Hung My Head - written by Sting
  6. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - written by Ewan MacColl (Roberta Flack)
  7. Personal Jesus - written by Martin L Gore (Depeche Mode)
  8. In My Life - written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
  9. Sam Hall - written by Johnny Cash
  10. Danny Boy - arrangement by Johnny Cash
  11. Desperado (w/ Don Henley ) - written by Glenn Frey & Don Henley (The Eagles)
  12. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (w/ Nick Cave) - written by Hank Williams
  13. Tear Stained Letter - written by Johnny Cash
  14. Streets Of Laredo - arranged and adapted by Johnny Cash
  15. We'll Meet Again - written by Ross Parker/Hugh Charles

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 Average rating (8 reviews)

 Johnny Cash - American Hero

| | See all SBrennan's reviews (2)

As a diehard fan of the late, great John Ray Cash I was left saddened when I heard of the great deteriation of the 'Man in Black's health and general well being.
This album left me in tears, like many others who have followed him through thick and thin, through the years when JC was suffering and a victim of drugs and alcohol abuse and also through those great times and there were many.
The songs featured in this album are moving, hearing John's voice in the songs is not much different from the old times and his early years and still contains the unique characteristics which make him so well known throughout the music world - but what has changed and it is noticed as soon as the first song hits you - is the emotion and frailty in his voice. Emotion really does pour out from his songs, even though some are covers example Desperado and the Nine Inch Nail's song Hurt he still manages to make them his own for the album and his fans. The song hurt is especially apt in that he is now an old man, feeble and weak and after his home/museum 'The House of Cash' was struck by flooding it goes to show that every empire turns to dirt no matter how rich, in money terms or in health and family. In this song he sings 'everyone I know goes away in the end' and not long after this song was released his wife June Carter Cash sadly passed away after a battle with major heart problems.
When June died Johnny knew his life would crumble. He was already wheelchair bound and suffering from Diabetes and respiratory problems added to his sight which was partial and he wanted to do something, to take his mind off of it and do what he enjoys best - singing. Sadly in September 2003 he died at Nashville baptist memorial hospital. This album is a fitting end to a staggering career and is the perfect farewell to his fans of all creeds, colours and ages. If you are a fan of Cash you will love it, if you are a fan of Music you will acknowledge it and if you are a human you will respect it.

John Ray Cash

RIP

 A work of art

| | See all Northerly's reviews (3)

The album kicks off with the title track, and immediately lets you know what you're in for with a fire-and-brimstone sermon intoned in a voice that is less like a man and more like a force of nature. In an early line he promises "the hairs on your arm will stand up", and he's absolutely right.

The album's dark themes of judgement and regret are balanced by some beautiful, fragile songs of eternal love. Tracks like "Hurt", "Personal Jesus" and "In My Life" take great songs and interpret them in a way which makes them painfully beautiful, and forever claims them as Johnny Cash songs.

Some cover versions here are less successful than others, but all are touched with the captivating sounds of Cash's voice: an old-fashioned Man's Man, being destroyed by age and illness, but still crackling with power and intellect.

I am not especially a country music fan and I never owned a Johnny Cash record before this, but I can't overstate how much I love this album.

 Staggeringly brilliant

| | See all captainpicard's reviews (1)

It is difficult to find a bad word to say about this stunning piece of work. No, it's just impossible. Each track shines and the power and emotion of Cash's now frail voice resonates throughout. It is sad to see the great powerhouse of country music reduced to what we saw in the video of Hurt but somehow this adds to the the body of work. There is little point is rehashing here just how Cash came to do this album but all credit to Rick Rubin for achieving such a feat. Each track here is a marvel of interpretation and the musician's craft: yes a lot are covers, but what covers they are. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever hear the great man sing a Vera Lynn song but he does so here with passion. This is a truly staggering album: poignant, powerful, full of emotion, full of feeling. Everyone should have a copy in their collection.

 A fitting epitaph

| | See all Ryan1477's reviews (8)

From start to finish this album has you hooked. Even near the end of his life Johnny Cash never lost his integrity or his ability to entertain, even as his material became more introspective. I came to this album having heard 'The Man Comes Around' and being an avid nine inch nails fan, saw the video for 'Hurt' on a Mark Romanek retrospective. The effect was chilling and tremendously emotional. Which is where Johnny Cash's appeal lies for me.

As mentioned in previous reviews some of the covers here work better than others but it's still unmistakeably Cash. This is an album that must be in your collection if you're a fan or not.

A fitting if not final epitaph to the Man in Black.

 Dark Country

| | See all TheGrimGeek's reviews (17)

This album is part of a genre that i refer to as dark country. To me Johnny Cash was a pioneer of the movement and to this day he stands king atop of the rest.

American Recordings is a fabulous collection of music, I especially like the way that listening to them all in chronological order you really can hear the way Johnny is dying, through his music he tells the story of his suffering and pain, especially when his dearly beloved June Carter died. It isn't through the words he says but how he sings them.

This albums has some beautiful tracks, my personal favourites would be: Hurt, Give My Love To Rose (A re-recording from his original track), I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (A Hank Williams cover he preforms with Nick Cave) and the incredible powerful cover of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

I highly recommend that any Cash fan buys this album, it is a must have. If you haven't brought a Cash album before the start with his later work and then gp backwards, this is what i did and I now have 12 of his albums. The dark, evocative, thought provoking beauty of these songs must be heard.