American IV: The Man Comes Around(Lost Highway)

Any album that begins with a reading from the Book Of Revelation has a lot to live up to. Luckily, as Johnny Cash has grown older (he's now 70), his famously rumbling voice has become an absolute force of nature, the kind of sound that could herald the end of the world.

Indeed, the most compelling moments of The Man Comes Around, John's best album in eight years, are downright apocalyptic. The title cut conjures the biblical day of reckoning, while a pair of alternative-rock covers - Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" -- are transformed by that monumental voice into awe-inspiring spiritual struggles.

-- Chris Neal

Comments

Recent Music Posts More

More News

“Girl Crush” garners big reaction on “The Tonight Show.”
iHeart Award performers include Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.
Looks like he’s gonna be a hockey player.
CMA Songwriter Series-themed episodes will feature Little Big Town, Brandy Clark and others.
Book passage now for star-packed cruise to the Caribbean.
Three-hour-long set for The Big Revival Tour's opening date features guests Taylor Swift, Joe Walsh and others to the stage.