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Rosanne Cash’s work as a mainstream country artist was always of a high caliber, and the music she made in the ‘90s after her breakup with Rodney Crowell proved to be even more interesting. The Wheel’s songs unfold like diary pages, full of unresolved emotions and fragile hopes. Co-producer John Leventhal helps Cash achieve a backlit folk-rock sound full of chiming guitars and insinuating keyboards. They frame a batch of highly literate lyrics detailing a full range of experience, from post-heartache angst (“Change Partners”) to nagging jealousy (“Roses In The Fire”) and awakening passion (“Fire Of The Newly Alive”). A sense of epiphany shines through “If There’s A God On My Side” (a song addressed to a female deity). Glimpses of Manhattan (“Seventh Avenue”) and points abroad (“Sleeping In Paris”) give this album a cosmopolitan air. Cash’s dusky alto vocals lend gravity to the serious-minded themes of these songs. The Wheel doesn’t make for light entertainment — but if you’re looking for honesty and insight, it more than delivers.

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Transcends country, transcends pop

These exceptionally beautiful songs are full of wonder, ache and wisdom. I'm not very fond of country music, and I dread most so-called crossover records by country singers gone pop. Cash's lovely voice and her smart and eloquent lyrics transcend the boundaries of both country and pop. There are elements of both on this record, but this is not a singer to label so easily. In the country vein, she (nearly) always avoids sentiment, and she's never mawkish. As for the pop elements, they are judicious, and light years away from the bubbleheadedness of her peers. The aching and yearning on these songs is specific, highly personal and earned. Exceptional across the board.

Unflinching CD

I have followed Rosanne for a long time now, and this by far is one of my favorite CDs from her. I am not saying that she has nothing good out there, "10 Song Demo", and 'Interiors," are a just few more. Rosanne's lyrics have related to every part of my life. I wish the recording companys would give her a little more credit. But now a days it's all about, "the trend," and what is "popular", and what the mainstream music industry wants the masses to hear. One day we'll remember!


Born: May 24, 1955 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The history of popular music is littered with the careers of the children of famous artists, performers who manage to carve out some small measure of success based far less on talent than on the recognition that their famous names afford them. Perhaps no greater exception to this trend was Rosanne Cash, the daughter of Johnny Cash, whose idiosyncratic and innovative music made her one of the preeminent singer/songwriters of her day. Born May 24, 1955, to her father and his first wife, Vivian Liberto,...
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