Picks and Pans Review: Rosanne Cash

updated 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

Black Cadillac
REVIEWED BY CHUCK ARNOLD
CRITIC'S CHOICE
COUNTRY

You must be somewhere in the stars/'Cause from a distance comes the sound of your guitar." So sings Rosanne Cash on the gently atmospheric "The World Unseen," contemplating the great beyond where her father, Johnny Cash, has gone to rest. On this moving meditation on death and grief, the singer-songwriter copes with the loss of her dad, stepmother June Carter Cash and mother Vivian Liberto Cash Distin, who all died roughly within the making of Black Cadillac. Letting the listener in on her private pain, Cash creates something that goes beyond her own bereavement, touching the wounded heart of anyone who has mourned a loved one. From the beginning of the disc, where the Man in Black can be heard telling his young daughter, "Rosanne, y'better come on," the disc is rich in personal details, memories that will live on. Cash reminisces about her childhood home in Nashville on "House on the Lake," while recalling her father's days in the Air Force on "Radio Operator." Despite the specter of death, Black Cadillac is ultimately life-affirming: Cash comes to a realization that "God Is in the Roses" after her father's funeral and, on the sweetly haunting "I Was Watching You," concludes that "long after life there is love."

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