Johnny Cash was legendary, not open for debate. His final album, American IV: The Man Comes Around, was full of magical interpretations of a variety of styles one wouldn’t normally associate a “country singer” to cover. Of course, Johnny Cash was much more than a one genre artist, and the entire American series that he produced with Rick Rubin in his final years were additions to a legacy of staggering proportions. I chose this one because the title song is just magnificently written, and because he took Trent Reznor’s Hurt and re-created it in his own image. Similarly, Desperado and Bridge Over Trouble Water received makeovers that were dignified and beautiful. Even the Depeche Mode hit, Personal Jesus (previously covered by Marilyn Manson) received a startling stripped down, bluesy reworking that carried plenty of attitude. The Man In Black went out in style, winning awards and making meaningful music until the very end.
Written By Braddon S. Williams