nathan wrote:T. Berry Shuffle wrote:I may be among the few who refrain from falling all over themselves feigning amazement of his American albums, which really are mostly poor due to the fucking inane song choices that Rubin made.
I absolutely detest them and they have kind of put me off Johnny Cash but hopefully not for good. It's just annoying that the only Cash I hear on jukeboxes anymore are those atrocious pieces of shit. And I hear them all the time.
That said, I have heard most of his 50's and 60's output (after that I could really care less) and there are certainly a lot of gems to be found but sometimes all that boom-chicka-boom really gets on my nerves. I see a lot of praise here for his unwavering and consistent style but it's one of the main gripes I have with his music. I didn't grow up with his music and only came upon him about 15 years ago. But his music never hits me the way his other contemporaries music does. A lot of times I can't even figure out what the big deal is. A lot of his lyrics seem trite and shallow to me, and I could never figure out his obsession with trains. It actually creeps me out.
Favorite song: Cry Cry Cry
Just to add to the list---I don't like the American albums very much either. Cash's version of the Soundgarden song is embarrassingly bad. I don't know how it ever got recorded.
The new Personal Files album is much better.
I will argue with you Nathan about his lyrics. While I love George Jones, for example, his voice is what carries lots of his songs. While Cash's voice was just as much a vehicle as Jones, Cash didn't have the vocal resources that some of his contemporaries had and had to rely on the song, IMO.