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  • Audio CD (10 Feb. 2014)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00FZRMIYY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Produced by and co-written with John Leventhal, this album marks Cash s Decca/ Blue Note debut. The River & The Thread is Rosanne Cash s first album in more than four years. With The River & The Thread , Cash turns her attention to American lives and locations. The album richly evokes the Southern landscape physical, musical, emotional and examines the indelible impressions it has made on our own collective culture and on Cash. The River & The Thread is sweeping in its breadth, capturing a unique, multi-generational cast of characters, from a Civil War soldier off to fight in Virginia to a New Deal-era farmer in Arkansas to a contemporary Mobile, AL couple. While Cash and Leventhal found inspiration in the many musical styles associated with the South swampy Delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, to name a few this is a completely contemporary collection. Cash s crystalline voice and Leventhal s compelling guitar work are at the heart of the album, and they bring in additional instrumentation to suit the tone of each particular song, from the delicate orchestral passages of Night School, (which nods to Stephen Foster, who also had a deep affection for the South) to the ghostly keyboards of the album closer Money Road . ‘If I never make another album I will be content, because I made this one’, says Cash of The River & The Thread , which is a marked departure from her earlier works. This beautiful limited edition version of the album comes as a 36 page hard cover book filled with photos and mementos from Rosanne s musical journey through the American South that resulted in 'The River And The Thread'. It also has 3 bonus studio tracks not included on the standard edition, including covers of songs by celebrated songwriters Townes Van Zandt (Two Girls) and Jesse Winchester (Biloxi) along with the Cash/Leventhal original Your Southern Heart.

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"The River & The Thread", the first release of new material in nearly a decade by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash is a wonderful "travelogue" through the South. After having listened to this album, I thought: Wow! Her late father Johnny Cash would have been so proud of her. Of course, I should mention that you need to listen to this album multiple times to be able to truly appreciate it as this is not a musical "quickie", so to speak. Take your time, sit back, close your eyes and really listen so you can immerse yourself in these wonderful songs.

This album is not something you can easily put a music-label on as it has elements of country, folk, bluesy soul, jazz and pop/rock. These personal songs are lyrical stories about her travels in the Deep South of the USA put to music, using her wonderful voice to paint word-pictures as she examines what it means to be a Southern American. Rosanne Cash wrote the album's 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator and husband John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist.

"A Feather's Not A Bird", the opening song of the album, and which reminded me of Creedence Clearwater Revival, is a great example of Rosanne's mixing of styles. "Sunken Lands", named for the area where Johnny Cash grew up, is a nice harmonic ditty, and "Etta's Tune" is an ode to Etta and Marshall Grant, Marshall being a longtime family friend and member of Johnny Cash's band. The catchy "Modern Blue" has a strong Tom Petty/Jeff Lynne-vibe and the hymn-like "Tell Heaven" is a meditation on longing and loneliness.

Next is the moody Southern pop song "The Long Way Home", about memories of her father and her time in Tennessee, which is followed by "World Of Strange Design" with its catchy country chorus.
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This album is a masterpiece. Rosanne has produced some superb material over the last 35 years but this is what its all been leading up to. The lyrics are incisive and the music is just magical. Her husband John has brought the very best out of his wife. The standard of the music is staggering. Buy the deluxe edition if you can. As well as three extra tracks there's a 36 page book explaining how the album was created and loads of atmospheric photographs. Her website has a great video about the albums genesis as well. This is one of the releases of 2014 and deserves all the success its received and will receive. Its faultless.
As an addendum Rosanne has entered the UK album charts at No 25 this week (16/2) Well done to everyone that bought it!
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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2014
This is Rosanne's Cash first album since 2009's "The List" and her first original material since the brilliant "Black Cadillac" released in 2006. While the giant shadow of her father will never be forgotten she is a completely self-sufficient artist with a recording history that proudly stands on its own merit. This new album "The River and the Thread" will only serve to increase her stature since is it comfortably up there with her best work and a great starting point for music in 2014. Cash wrote the album's 11 original songs with her longtime collaborator (and husband) John Leventhal, who also served as producer, arranger and guitarist and it is released on the great Blue Note label. A classy home for a classic singer.

It is an travelogue album completely immersed in the South, its cities, towns, history, highways and bye ways not least the music cities of Memphis and Nashville. Cash can also call upon the A List on the music profession and assiting her on the album are artists that include Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks and ,John Paul White from the Civil Wars. The song writing is out of the top drawer and Cash's voice is deepening with a timbre that can often stir your soul and combines a nice mix of gritty-yet-ethereal intonation. The 11 songs are uniformly consistent in their quality and the musicianship speaks for itself. The opening track "A Feather's Not a Bird" is a swampy blues which sees Cash confessing that she "burned up seven lives/and I have used up all my charms".
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2014
There are two excellent reviews here already by DC Stolk and Red on Black with which I wholeheartedly agree. I only have a couple of small personal things to add.

I think this is a really good album. I liked it on first hearing but thought that there wasn't much to distinguish it from a lot of other pretty good stuff around at the moment. I was wrong. I've listened to it a lot since then and I think it has real quality. The songs are tuneful but harmonically quite original in places, and the lyrics have genuine meaning - it's certainly a lot more than just three chords and the truth. I also think the performances are excellent with lovely singing and a fine band. They are set off by really good arrangements and production: not too rich and glossy but perfectly judged to give the songs depth and atmosphere without submerging them in too much extraneous stuff.

I think this is an album which I will be playing for a long, long time. I'd suggest that you read DC Stolk's and RoB's reviews and then buy it and play it a lot. I think you'll like it.
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