American VI: Ain't No Grave - American/Lost Highway
FILTER Grade: 89%
By Nevin Martell on March 10, 2010
Johnny Cash’s final album opens on a portentous but hopeful note: “There ain’t no grave/can hold my body down.” Comprised of tracks recorded with Rick Rubin right up until Cash’s death in late 2003, American VI is a fitting send-off for the Man in Black. The covers are impeccably chosen and range from Queen Lili’uokalani’s traditional Hawaiian farewell “Aloha Oe” to Tom Paxton’s questing “Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound.” However, it’s Cash’s lone original, the sparsely sketched “1 Corinthians: 15:55,” that shines the brightest.