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American IV - The Man Comes Around

Yet another awesome album from The Man In Black. He's always done his own thing, regardless of what the country music establishment, record companies, or the media have thought of his work, whether it be an album of gospel songs, or mainstream pop hits. He's never been afraid to experiment and take risks, and now even at the age of 80, he's doing so, more than any of his contemporaries would ever dare. As with the previous three albums in the American Recordings series, this album includes his own songs, versions of old standards, and (often surprising) cover versions, including Jimmy Webb, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Once again he has also collected together a fine group of musicians to work with. On his cover of Hank Williams "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" he duets with Nick Cave, possibly the only person who's vocal delivery is anywhere near as dark and powerful as his own. I must admit I'm not too keen on the family sing-a-long version of "We'll Meet Again", but other than that, I can't fault it. Raw, atmospheric, excellent!


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