Rosanne Cash – The List

January 01, 1970

(Manhattan / EMI)


Rosanne Cash explored her patrimony on 2006’s Black Cadillac, a thoughtful, emotional
song cycle about her life with the Man in Black. The List is an appendix to that project. In 1973, when she was
eighteen, Johnny Cash wrote a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” for his
daughter to study as the foundation of her musical education, and she offers a
dozen here. By definition, they’re familiar, classic songs – and for Cash, some
are literally in her genes, such as the Carter Family’s “Bury Me Under The
Weeping Willow” and Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country,” which her father
sang on for Nashville Skyline.


Working with her guitarist / husband John Leventhal, Cash
approaches all these songs as heartfelt ballads, and she sings them impeccably
in her somber, sensitive alto. She’s joined by an impressive guest list of
singers: Costello, Tweedy, Rufus Wainwright and Springsteen. But everything is
too tasteful: any edges are smoothed, so much so that there’s little difference
between Ray Charles’ “Take These Chains From My Heart” and Patsy Cline’s “She’s
Got You.”


Standout tracks: “Sea Of Heartbreak,” “Girl From The North Country” STEVE KLINGE


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