Rosanne Cash digs deep on new LP

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Rosanne Cash brings in a fair share of col­lab­o­ra­tors on her lat­est al­bum, both for song­writ­ing and singing. T Bone Bur­nett, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristof­fer­son, Sam Phillips, Lera Lynn and Colin Meloy of the De­cem­berists all make their pres­ence felt.

There’s no mis­tak­ing whose show it is. She Re­mem­bers Ev­ery­thing is the sort of lovely, lit­er­ate work we’ve come to ex­pect from Cash for more than 30 years. This is a re­turn to a more per­sonal song­writ­ing style. The project was bi­coastal for Cash, who recorded half at home in New York with hus­band John Leven­thal, her usual pro­ducer, and half in Ore­gon with pro­ducer Tucker Mar­tine. Leven­thal’s pro­duc­tion can of­ten seem too man­nered, so a lis­tener ap­pre­ci­ates the kick of some­one new. Truth is, there’s more con­sis­tency than one would ex­pect with a di­vided cre­ative process.

In fact, the best song here (Not Many Miles to Go), pro­duced by Mar­tine, is a love song to Leven­thal. As the ti­tle sug­gests, it’s about a cou­ple that knows it has more days be­hind them than ahead. Yet it’s cel­e­bra­tory, not mor­bid, and rocks hard.

She Re­mem­bers Ev­ery­thing (Blue Note) Rosanne Cash

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