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Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around is the fourth installment in what's become a good chain of music covering newer *pop* songs and older folk ones as well. This time out Cash takes on NIN's "Hurt" and the outcome is pretty damn amazing and is the best song on the disk. Where disk three had songs that I really liked a lot it was a disk that I had a hard time listening to from begining to end. This one is more consistent and is probably a better all around effort. Hopefully this isn't the last in the series as Cash looks very aged and sickly. This disk isn't a disk to just dive right into if you don't know anything about Johnny Cash. I would start with the older music first, but for those who are already a fan this is a good pick up.



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My only gripe about what is an amazing CD:

Cash covers The Eagles' "Desperado". The song's never sounded better - it almost seems like it was written for him. The song's actually moving me when... Don Henley starts singing along. And, for no discernable reason, he's singing very poorly. How could DON HENLEY not know how to sing "Desperado" right?!

And the highlight is Cash's "Personal Jesus". He turned the Depeche Mode song into the creepiest track I've heard in years -- I have a feeling he tapped into the thoughts that run through John Ashcroft's head 24/7. Damn your eyes.



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I've downloaded all 15 tracks but I STILL haven't bothered to assemble them and listen to the disc start to finish. I need to remedy that. (This is the first CD I've actually 100% stolen, by the way - believe it or not - although I'm sure I'll buy it next time I see it)



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I've downloaded all 15 tracks


I'd like to point out that as great as this CD is, the double vinyl has two extra tracks, one of which, "Witchita Lineman", pretty much blows away everything else on the album.
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    Originally posted by Knuf

      Originally posted by CRZ
      I've downloaded all 15 tracks


    I'd like to point out that as great as this CD is, the double vinyl has two extra tracks, one of which, "Witchita Lineman", pretty much blows away everything else on the album.

OMG I love that song. Vinyl here I come! Thanks for the tipoff!



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Jkyle.com says:


    Originally posted by CRZ

      Originally posted by Knuf

        Originally posted by CRZ
        I've downloaded all 15 tracks


      I'd like to point out that as great as this CD is, the double vinyl has two extra tracks, one of which, "Witchita Lineman", pretty much blows away everything else on the album.

    OMG I love that song. Vinyl here I come! Thanks for the tipoff!
I am in 100% agreement with CRZ.

Scary.

What's the other song's name?





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Has anyone seen the music video for Johnny Cash's "Hurt". It is pretty cool, with Cash looking all old and intense and showing flashbacks of a younger Cash. Nice work. Thank god for the one hour a week the music video station doesn't play junk.

I don't have the CD (shame on me) but I'm going to have to pick it up if he did a version of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus.

I also caught the tail end of him with Larry King tonight, wished I had a chance to see it even if King's a horrible interviewer.



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I got this on the day it came out. I'm sorry, but I feel like this is just becoming "formula" and doesn't quite have the spark and sense of daring that the earlier albums had. They (meaning JC and Rick Rubin) went from cooler, more obscure covers to easier-to-swallow stuff like Bridge Over Troubled Water, In My Life, Desperado, etc. Plus, I think Johnny's voice is really starting to go. I mean, did you listen to the parts where he sings w/ Fiona Apple (Troubled Water)? It's darn near painful.

Trust me, as a hardcore Johnny Cash fan (I actually own Johnny 99, for cryin' out loud), it pains me to say this. I just rarely find myself listening to this CD, while the first American CD gets played often in my house and car.



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#9 Posted on

    What's the other song's name?


The other vinyl-only song is "Big Iron", and it's written by Marty Robbins.
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Well, I now know what I'm going to use that gift certificate on. The only problem is finding some place to set up the turntable while living in a construction zone. Marty Robbins, sweet. If only it'd been My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.

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    Originally posted by Cactus Adam
    I got this on the day it came out. I'm sorry, but I feel like this is just becoming "formula" and doesn't quite have the spark and sense of daring that the earlier albums had. They (meaning JC and Rick Rubin) went from cooler, more obscure covers to easier-to-swallow stuff like Bridge Over Troubled Water, In My Life, Desperado, etc. Plus, I think Johnny's voice is really starting to go. I mean, did you listen to the parts where he sings w/ Fiona Apple (Troubled Water)? It's darn near painful.

    Trust me, as a hardcore Johnny Cash fan (I actually own Johnny 99, for cryin' out loud), it pains me to say this. I just rarely find myself listening to this CD, while the first American CD gets played often in my house and car.



I actually think his voice sounds better on this album than it did on American III. He's got more range, to my ear.



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