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on 6 May 2013
I am quite in the minority on this one, so I owe it to any readers to explain that while I am an admirer of Johnny Cash, I am far from neither an authority nor a superfan. This might just be a five star-album to you, even though it isn't for me.
This is the third of the 'American'-albums by the late Johnny Cash and as such is a very minimal affair. But even in spite of - or indeed because of - this minimalistic setting, Cash still manages to break through. It is a very atmospheric, if monotonous production. It is a brave approach, but it also makes me feel that I am listening to a more or less random selection of songs, rather than an album.
There are fine versions of 'Solitary Man' and 'One', but for me the best track by far is his cover of Nick Cave's 'The Mercy Seat', delivered quite phenomenally. 'I'm Leaving Now', on the other hand, I found quite unbearable. As a whole, for me, 'American III' just never really took off. It's not a bad album, but in my opinion not his best in the series (that would have to be 'American IV').