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Wed, 22 Feb 2006

Black Cadillac / Rosanne Cash
Black Cadillac I first heard Rosanne Cash way back in 1981, when her crossover hit Seven Year Ache started getting major airplay on the pop stations I listened to back then. Ache is the kind of song that grabs your attention and then holds on, with a rhythm and a musical line that never deviate and yet somehow build in intensity. But after such an auspicious entry into pop, Ms. Cash returned to her roots. And as those roots are in the terra incognita (to me at least) of country, I lost interest.

The recent passing of her father, mother and stepmother inspired this latest work. As we might have guessed from that inspiration, Black Cadillac is poetic, contemplative and not exactly upbeat. And yet it's not a downer either; in loss she finds comfort and understanding, honoring those she's lost while ackowledging both the good and the bad in their humanity. I particularly like God Is In the Roses, which in its calm and gentle center tries to find balance in the universe. Without dwelling on it, it betrays a different kind of ache from Ache.

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