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Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist

Rosanne Cash worked with two accomplished producers on this album; her husband and longtime co-producer and co-writer, John Leventhal and Bill Bottrell, who has worked with Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne and Linda Perry. Leventhal has said that "House on the Lake" and "The Good Intent" are two of the best songs that he and his wife have ever written together and I'm inclined to agree with that observation. As for Cash, she says that she is still getting a perspective on it and I can understand that too. I listened to the album on three separate occasions while getting ready to write my review and on each run through, I heard something different. On each subsequent listen I heard more than I had previously and my understanding of the lyrics was definitely altered by my own mood. But Cash herself said it best, "It's about the attempt to connect the dots. It's about how relationships go on even after a person dies. How when someone important to you has departed, you have to re-identify yourself. That's what this album's about. All of that."

"All of that..." and a whole lot more makes up the thirteen tracks on this CD. This may well be the best album yet for the lovely, always engaging, mega-talented Mrs. Leventhal and I'm not the only one saying so. Even Cash, herself, has been quoted as saying that this album may well be the best work of her career. "It was difficult and liberating, and deeply satisfying," she says, "It's a chronicle of loss and grief, but it's also an exploration of my ancestry, and a study of how relationships founded on love survive death. It's not a tribute record, it's not a 'death' record, but it's real, and truthful and sometimes cinematic, and I hope you bring your own life to it."

For me, it certainly did. The only Black Cadillac in my life was the one that carried my father to his grave back in the mid sixties. That was the longest, loneliest, most emotional ride of my life and although I thought I had long since reconciled that loss and gotten past the grief, while I listened to the ache in the emotional lyrics of the title cut on this album, much to my surprise, without really wanting to, I found myself going back there.

Johnny and June Carter Cash, as individuals, cast gargantuan shadows, so their combined shadows must have often times seemed all encompassing and somewhat ominous if you were the one standing in them. Despite an impressive list of awards, and much critical acclaim throughout her career as an author, singer, and song writer, Rosanne Cash Leventhal often had to struggle to set herself apart from the name that remained the dominant focus no matter what she did. Black Cadillac reveals much about the person she has become and it is a loving, musical tribute "in memory of" Vivian Liberto Cash Distin, June Carter Cash, and John R. Cash; Rosanne's mother, step-mother and father.

Perhaps as revealing as some of the lyrics, are some of the things you will find if you look closely at the liner notes. Two of the things that stood out for me were the words, in what appears to be a photo of an office wall on which is scrawled, "When you sing, you pray twice" and "We are not Human Beings having a spiritual experience. We are Spiritual Beings having a human experience" (caps placed by the writer of the phrase). These two simple phrases pretty much encompass the feeling of the entire album.

Black Cadillac song list:

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1. Black Cadillac 
2. Radio Operator 
3. I Was Watching You 
4. Burn Down This Town 
5. God Is In The Roses 
6. House On The Lake 
7. The World Unseen
8. Like Fugitives 
9. Dreams Are Not My Home 
10. Like A Wave 
11. World Without Sound 
12. Good Intent 
13. 0:71

Related Links:
www.RosanneCash.com - Official Website
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