Chris Willman
February 17, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

American VI: Ain't No Grave

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Johnny Cash
genre
Country

We gave it an A

Producer Rick Rubin really did save the best for last. There are none of the folk-alt-rock karaoke selections of previous American discs on American VI: Ain’t No Grave, just 10 ?wholly appropriate picks that speak to the gravity of ?Johnny Cash’s situation and his joy ?in both life and death. His ?voice sounds more vulnerable, less “iconic,” more human. ?Is he the first singer whose vocals actually got better on his veritable deathbed? ?A

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