June Carter Cash: John Spellman / Retna
Marc Weingarten
September 12, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Wildwood Flower

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
June Carter Cash
Producers
Dualtone

We gave it an A-

June Carter Cash sounds like a wraith on her valedictory album, Wildwood Flower, her voice ravaged and weathered. But the mood throughout this gentle Appalachian twirl is buoyant and affirming, even when she’s covering death-haunted material like ”Sinking in the Lonesome Sea” and ”Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?” There’s palpable joy in the way she and her supporting cast (including her large, extended family) breathe life into these age-old country-folk songs, as if they’re tugging at rapture and sadness at the same time. As a posthumous release, it’s almost too poignant to bear.

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