Alternately lashing out and retreating to melancholy introspection, the songs on Black Cadillac constitute Rosanne Cash's most challenging music to date. With production evenly divided between rock-oriented sessions with Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne) and more intimate meditations with John Leventhal, the album finds Cash working through two traumatic years in which she lost her natural parents and her stepmother. Healing has not come any easier than answers to the big questions she asks of God and of herself. Whether she's venting her rage at the unfairness of it all in a razor-edged, rock-fueled missive such as "Burn Down This Town" or puzzling over the persistence and pain of memory in a poignant, cabaret-intimate ballad for piano and guitar, "The World Unseen," Cash is always trying to find her balance. "Someone tell me how to live / Now that we must live apart," she demands in the terse, edgy "Like Fugitives," in which she also excoriates the church and lawyers for their spiritual and monetary rapaciousness. "Dreams are not my home," she cries out in the driving, relentless rocker of the same name. When she makes a mute exit, with "0.71" -- 71 seconds of silence, one for each year of her natural parents' lives -- nothing has been resolved, answers beg more questions, and everything's up for grabs. It's a turbulent ride, but one well worth taking.
Performance CreditsRosanne Cash Primary Artist,Vocals
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Benmont Tench Organ,Piano,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Wurlitzer
Bill Bottrell Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,12-string Guitar,Mandocello,E-bow
Jose Hernandez Trumpet
John Leventhal Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Various
Shawn Pelton Drums
Michael Rhodes Bass
Catherine Russell Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Albert Wing Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Breit Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Charlie Drayton Drums
Dan Schwartz Bass,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brian Macleod Drums,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsRosanne Cash Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bill Bottrell Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Killen Engineer
John Leventhal Composer,Producer,Engineer
Julian Raymond Executive Producer
Eric Roinestad Art Direction
Mimi Parker Engineer
Mary Fagot Art Direction
Cheryl Kaplan Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Black Cadillac based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
But, don't take that line wrong. Though not as accessible as the excellent yet basically overlooked Rules of Travel (2004), it is not the downer it could have been based on it's subject matter (saying goodbye to three parents). The music itself is excellent though it could have used one or two more uptempo songs. Overall, though, one of her best.
I love classical, blues, jazz, alternative, but have never listened to what is considered country. This album is, however, one of the best I have purchased in a long, long time. Reminded me of a more upbeat "Cowboy Junkies". Beautiful melody, composition and lyrics. Thank you.
This is a beautiful piece of work. You can feel the emotion put forth in each song by Roseanne after losing her Aunt. Mother, and Father all within 6 months in 2003. It is one you can put the CD in and play it from top to bottom.
I bought Black Cadillac the day it came out, a big fan. Listened to it nonstop for a couple weeks,then put it away. I can still hear the songs in my head. I Was Watching You, Black Cadillac and Burn Down This House especially. All different, all beautiful in different ways, all sucking you in and sucking me back. I'll play it again tomorrow and thse songs will come home to my heart. I love this record.
I have never bought a Rosanne Cash album until this one and am total admiration of her voice and this awesome CD. Her voice is sultry and sexy and completely engulfing!! you will definatley not be disappointed if you buy this CD.