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‘Out Among the Stars’

On the NYRgallery, Andrew Martin writes about Out Among the Stars, the posthumously-released album by Johnny Cash:

“The extraordinary popularity of the albums Cash made with producer Rick Rubin—American Recordings (1994), Unchained (1996), American III: Solitary Man (2000), and American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)—helps explain the release of Out Among The Stars, a new album consisting of songs from “lost” recording sessions that took place mostly in 1984. Everything about the album’s promotion is meant to evoke the Rubin period, from the stern-looking black and white portrait of Cash on the album cover to the music video for “She Used to Love Me A Lot,” which combines shots of apocalyptic landscapes with archival footage of Cash. Yet these sessions, in tone and sound, are nearly the opposite of the pared-down records in the American series. Stars has the slick, maximalist sound common to most mainstream country from the 1980s—bright, bouncing bass-lines, swells of canned strings.”

Category: Music
Legacy Recordings
Sony Music Entertainment,
New York, NY