Rosanne Cash digs deep on new LP
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