ALBUM REVIEW | AMERICANA: Rosanne Cash, ‘The River and the Thread’

01.14.14
Rosanne Cash
The Boston Globe

By James Reed

Since “Black Cadillac,” Cash’s work has carried a noticeable gravitas, even when the material was lighter, such as 2009’s “The List,” on which she interpreted country songs her father had deemed essential. On “The River & the Thread,” her latest, Cash comes full circle as a storyteller and singer of exceptional grace and grit. It’s among her finest work in a 35-year career, assured and at ease, and one of 2014’s first great albums.

Produced and arranged by John Leventhal, her husband, the album unfurls with songs full of Southern Gothic imagery, touching on death, destiny, and the past. “There’s never any highway when you’re looking for the past,” she sings on the bluesy opener, “A Feather’s Not a Bird.”

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