The River and the Thread [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Nearly eight years after Rosanne Cash last released a set of original songs, 2014's The River & the Thread finds her in a reflective mood, and just as 2009's The List saw her looking back with a set of classic songs recommended by her father, the late country legend Johnny Cash, The River & the Thread is dominated by thoughts and emotions that occurred to her as she was involved in a project to restore Johnny's boyhood home. This doesn't mean that Cash has returned to the spunky, country-accented sound of her most popular work -- this is still Rosanne Cash the mature and thoughtful singer/songwriter we've come to know since the late '90s, and the tone of this album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Nearly eight years after Rosanne Cash last released a set of original songs, 2014's The River & the Thread finds her in a reflective mood, and just as 2009's The List saw her looking back with a set of classic songs recommended by her father, the late country legend Johnny Cash, The River & the Thread is dominated by thoughts and emotions that occurred to her as she was involved in a project to restore Johnny's boyhood home. This doesn't mean that Cash has returned to the spunky, country-accented sound of her most popular work -- this is still Rosanne Cash the mature and thoughtful singer/songwriter we've come to know since the late '90s, and the tone of this album is unfailingly literate. But though this music isn't country, it's certainly Southern, and road trips from Alabama to Tennessee, visits to the Tallahatchie Bridge and Money Street, and vintage gospel music on the radio embroider these songs as Cash immerses herself in the places that were once close to home, as if she's reuniting with long lost family. And two of the songs cut especially close to home -- "Etta's Tune" was written in memory of Marshall Grant, a longtime family friend and member of Johnny Cash's band, while "When the Master Calls the Roll" is a tale of love torn apart during the Civil War that Cash wrote in collaboration with her former husband Rodney Crowell and current spouse John Leventhal -- and they rank with the best material on the album, genuine and heartfelt, and written and performed with a genuine passion that never sinks into sentimental histrionics. Just as Cash's songs are crafted with a subtle intelligence, her vocals here are superb, getting to the heart of the lyrics without painting herself into a corner, and the production is rich but elegant and to the point. Rosanne Cash hasn't been especially prolific in the 21st century, and at under 40 minutes, she wasn't crafting an epic with The River & the Thread. But she's learned to make every word and every note count, and this album confirms once again that she's matured into a singular artist with the talent and the vision to make these stories of her travels in the South come to vivid and affecting life. [The River & the Thread was also issued in a "Deluxe Edition," which includes upgraded packaging and three bonus tracks. Only one of the additional tunes is an original, "Your Southern Heart," which fits comfortably with the themes of the album but isn't as immediately impressive as the other tracks. However, Cash sounds marvelous on a slow, sensuous version of Jesse Winchester's "Biloxi," and she's similarly marvelous as she takes on Townes Van Zandt's "Two Girls" in a spare, jazzy arrangement. The extra material on the Deluxe Edition of The River & the Thread isn't quite essential, but loyal fans certainly won't be disappointed by having an extra nine minutes worth of an album this good.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537559121
  • Catalog Number: 001951202
  • Sales rank: 2,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Feather's Not a Bird (3:18)
  2. 2 The Sunken Lands (2:56)
  3. 3 Etta's Tune (3:44)
  4. 4 Modern Blue (3:01)
  5. 5 Tell Heaven (2:40)
  6. 6 The Long Way Home (3:16)
  7. 7 World of Strange Design (3:24)
  8. 8 Night School (3:47)
  9. 9 50,000 Watts (2:58)
  10. 10 When the Master Calls the Roll (5:06)
  11. 11 Money Road (4:00)
  12. 12 Two Girls (3:39)
  13. 13 Biloxi (3:25)
  14. 14 Your Southern Heart (2:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosanne Cash Primary Artist
Rodney Crowell Choir, Chorus
Kris Kristofferson Choir, Chorus
John Prine Choir, Chorus
Tony Joe White Choir, Chorus
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Larry Farrell Trombone
Curtis King Background Vocals
John Leventhal Organ, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Celeste, Drums, Keyboards, Electric Sitar, Vocal Harmony
David Mansfield Violin, Viola
Shawn Pelton Drums
Dan Rieser Drums
Catherine Russell Background Vocals
Derek Trucks Slide Guitar
Tabitha Fair Background Vocals
RIck DePofi Percussion, Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Allison Moorer Vocal Harmony
Amy Helm Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
John James Background Vocals
Tim Luntzel Bass, Upright Bass
John Paul White Vocal Harmony
Cory Chisel Vocal Harmony
Dave Eggar Cello
Jake Leventhal Percussion, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rosanne Cash Composer, Liner Notes
Rodney Crowell Composer
Jesse Winchester Composer
John Leventhal Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, String Arrangements, Instrumentation, Cover Photo
Townes Van Zandt Composer
RIck DePofi Producer, Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Reuben Cohen Mastering
Bobby Tis Guitar Engineer
Eric Baker Art Direction, Photo Courtesy
Alexis Ward Cover Art
Sydney Nichols Cover Art
Michael Cantor Music Business Affairs
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