Picks and Pans Review: Right or Wrong
Rosanne, 24, is one of Johnny's four daughters by his first wife, Vivian. She has spent the last three years singing in Europe and clearly hasn't been wasting her time. Her voice may lack the character and intriguing idiosyncrasies of her dad's, and she is sometimes a little more laid-back than necessary. But Rosanne is a first-rate country-rock singer, in a league with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris (who adds two notable harmony vocals to this LP). There are also vigorous contributions by sidemen Hank Devito and Frank Reckard (guitar), Ricky Skaggs (fiddle, mandolin) and producer Rodney Crowell (backup vocals, guitar), but they're known quantities. The excitement is discovering a new talent, which Cash certainly is, on everything from Man Smart, Woman Smarter and her father's Big River, out of the '50s, to contemporary tunes like Karen Brooks and Gary Nunn's Couldn't Do Nothing Right, Crowell's Baby, Better Start Turnin' 'Em Down and Keith Sykes' Take Me, Take Me. Johnny can be proud.