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Rules of Travel
     

Rules of Travel

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by Rosanne Cash
 
The path to Rules of Travel was a long and arduous one for Rosanne Cash. While recording the disc -- Cash's first album since 1996's 10 Song Demo -- she lost, and then regained, her voice. But it was worth the wait. Cash is in fine form on a collection of originals and cover tunes, with assistance from some talented friends. See more details below

Overview

The path to Rules of Travel was a long and arduous one for Rosanne Cash. While recording the disc -- Cash's first album since 1996's 10 Song Demo -- she lost, and then regained, her voice. But it was worth the wait. Cash is in fine form on a collection of originals and cover tunes, with assistance from some talented friends. Sheryl Crow adds tantalizing harmonies to "Beautiful Pain," a barbed account of self-absorption, and Steve Earle trades verses with Cash on the erotically charged "I'll Change for You," a dialogue of obsession. Producer John Leventhal (Cash's husband) constructs impeccable sonic landscapes for these songs, ranging from the gently strummed acoustic guitars on "Western Wall" -- on which Cash whispers her deepest insecurities -- to the easy-rocking band arrangement, reminiscent of her 1984 hit "Hold On," that introduces "Closer than I Appear." A gentle, folk-flavored shuffle propels "Will You Remember Me," a meditation on mortality, but the same theme gets a more majestic treatment in the haunting "September when It Comes," which manifests the dread and delicacy of an Appalachian ballad, even when percussion and synth sneak in. Cash has never written more penetrating or more eloquent lyrics than these, which acknowledge physical ravages of time both seen and sensed. There are few more stunning moments than the entry of her father, Johnny Cash, who sings, with all the weight of his years and the toll taken, "I cannot be who I was then /And in a way, I never was." In a work of art with depth and heart to spare, Rosanne Cash doesn't pretend to be perfect or to have all the answers. Instead, she's a sympathetic traveling companion on a quest for truth.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
At every level, Rules of Travel distinguishes itself. A latecomer to songwriting, Rosanne Cash delivers plenty of compelling material, fully comparable in quality to the album's two non-original cuts. She comes up with fresh and intriguing chord changes to end verses and choruses on the title track, and images whose rugged eloquence perfectly fits the early-morning mumble of Steve Earle on "I'll Change for You." On "September When It Comes," she switches to a more homespun, folkloric imagery that suits her father's weathered, timeless rumble. The production values change very subtly according to what best suits each song, from the Wallflowers-oriented roots rock saunter of "Hope Against Hope" to the shadowy urban swing of "Will You Remember Me" to the stark acoustic setting of "Western Wall." Though her voice is hardly the most impressive instrument in country music, Cash knows how to compensate by using an understated approach to more quietly highlight the essence of a song. Given the quality of what she gives herself to work with on Rules of Travel, it's a method that can't miss.
Entertainment Weekly - Beth Johnson
A CD of beautiful and melancholy folk-pop. (A-)
Time Out New York - K. Leander Williams
Among the most confident recordings of Cash's career.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724383775729
catalogNumber:
37757

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosanne Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Vocals
Steve Earle   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Vocal Harmony
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Flugelhorn
Zev Katz   Bass,Upright Bass
John Leventhal   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Dennis McDermott   Percussion,Drums
Craig Northey   Hand Drums
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Doug Petty   Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Catherine Russell   Background Vocals
Danny Louis   Organ
Teddy Thompson   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

John Leventhal   Producer,Engineer
Tom Schick   Engineer

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Rules of Travel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I keep playing this CD over and over again. I was lucky enough to get a free ticket to see Rosanne's filming at Austin City Limits in May and was so impressed I bought the CD the next day. THe album features songs with artists such as SHeryl Crow, Steve Earl, Johnny Cash, Teddie Thompson. One song she does was written by Jacob Dylan. BUY THIS CD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago