Tuesday, July 18, 2006
  A Real American...

Okay true believers, I have heard two CDs that anyone with any taste in music need to own. I don't buy CD's very often because frankly they are too gosh darn expensive. Thankfully this is my birthday and I was given both American IV: The Man Comes Around and American V: A Hundred Highways.

My absolute favorite on IV is "The Man Comes Around". It is replete with Biblical imagery, but that's not the only thing that makes me love it. It is pure poetry and anyone who can write a song like this and "Folsom Prison Blues" deserves every ounce of respect they get. Mr. Cash sings several, I don't want to call them covers, let's say standards because wannabes/tribute bands sing covers. Some of them came across as a bit odd at first. "Bridge Over Toubled Water" is a song I've loved for years and hearing it come out of his mouth was striking and a bit unsettling. "Streets of Laredo" was the best of that bunch.

The ones that stood out on V were "God's Gonna Cut You Down" and "Like the 309" (the last song he recorded). The spirituals on this record are also fantastic. One of the things I love about Mr. Cash is how he is able to tell both Christian and secular stories without losing authenticity in either.
i have heard the song "God's going to cut you down" it is good. they play it on one of the local stations.
Whether by Johnny Cash or some random college band, a cover is a cover.

His cover of "Hurt" really is spectacular, though.
I guess it's juist a matter of semantics. And I agree about "Hurt" though it's not the best on there imo.
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