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(Rosanne Cash: Ethan A. Russell)

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Black Cadillac

Genre: Pop; Lead Performer: Rosanne Cash; Producer (group): Capitol

The thematic stuff of this CD — the death of Roseanne Cash’s father (Johnny), mother (Vivian Liberto Distin), and stepmother (June Carter Cash), all in a two-year span is — so weighted with American myth it cries out for an opera, not a set of emotionally understated singer-songwriter pop. But the best of Cash’s Black Cadillac compositions, especially the luminous piano ballads ”I Was Watching You” and ”The World Unseen,” turns her healing process into great art.

Originally posted January 23 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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