May 15, 2004

CD Quick Take: Johnny Cash - When the Man Comes Around

Some of you may be wondering about my having Johnny Cash in the recently played CD's slot, or maybe not. But anyway, his music was a recent discovery, specifically the American Recordings.

The first track that I was able to put to his name was the cover track Hurt (Nine Inch Nails). It sounded so dark and wonderful, I had to check out more. So I went out and purchased the album "When the Man Comes Around." And man, what a fantastic album it is, essentially a solo project, the only instruments are his guitar and his voice. It is dark and solemn, with a darkly humorous/serious edge to it. There are a few cover tracks on it besides Hurt, there are Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus.

I cannot recommend this album enough. It is slow paced and rhythmic, it digs itself into your head and stays there for awhile. What I need to do now, is track down the other American Recordings, four in total I believe.
Highly Recommended.

This album is in stark contrast to my general realm of favorites, metal, but it is nice having something to balance out the abrasive aggression that metal can be. We always need to experience things on the opposite end of the spectrum.


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