Wednesday, August 16, 2006
cowboy's lament
Under the delightful title of "Did Rick Rubin Turn Johnny Cash Into a Cheesy Goth?", Slate's Jody Rosen lays a critical palm all over Cash's American Recordings series. Killing is her business, and business is good.

Just like seemingly no one gave a shit about commercial hip-hop-as-art as recently as four years ago, the universal esteem accorded the Man in Black is a fairly new phenomenon. It just took the equivalent of five Kidz Bop! albums and a creepy-ass video, no? The only Cash album I listen to these days is Gospel Glory. It's not amazing.


Posted by Brad on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 4:38 PM |

Funnily enough, I was just listening to the first of the Kidz Bop! albums at work. My non-country loving ass enjoys them, but they do work better as isolated songs ("Thirteen", "I See A Darkness", etc) than full albums.

I'm being a little harsh, in the spirit of the original piece. I'm actually partial to his version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which probably sounds pretty mawkish.

You could make one really good album out of the first four and maybe a smidgen of that gospel one. However, no one can redeem fucking "Danny Boy." NO ONE!

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