Rosanne Cash – She Remembers Everything (Deluxe Edition) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 48:22 minutes | 913 MB | Genre: Pop, Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records
Rosanne Cash will release her first new album in nearly five years, She Remembers Everything. The poetic, personal and incisive collection features ten songs, all written or co-written by Cash, that reckon with a flawed and fragile world from a uniquely feminine perspective.
Recorded in Portland, OR and New York City, with Tucker Martine and John Leventhal respectively, and featuring contributions from Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Colin Meloy, and Sam Phillips, She Remembers Everything follows Rosanne’s triple-Grammy winning 2014 album The River & the Thread (Blue Note), and marks a return to more personal songwriting after a trio of albums that explored her heritage.
In the wake of the latest tsunami of survivor stories, Cash has had to contend with the fact that much of what she hoped would change across her lifetime really hasn’t. It’s a reality that is reflected in her deliberate embrace of women’s narratives on the new album. “There is a woman’s real life, complex experiences and layered understanding in these songs,” Rosanne says. “I could not have written them 10 years ago—not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say.”
The deluxe version of She Remembers Everything features three bonus tracks.
As Rosanne Cash released She Remembers Everything in November 2018, she was 63 years old, and while she sounds fresh and vital on every track, the music clearly speaks of experience and maturity, if not specifically age. She Remembers Everything is the work of a musician and songwriter who knows her craft inside and out, and her lyrical voice is full of compassion and lacking in fear or hesitancy. Cash is willing to share what lurks in her mind and her heart, and she has the tools to articulate her ideas with literacy and passion in equal measure. Cash’s body of work has been strong since she broke out in 1981 with Seven Year Ache, but in a very real way, She Remembers Everything is an album she could not have been made in the ’80s and ’90s; these are songs with a lifetime behind them, and the music and the emotions behind them are rich, nuanced, and never simplistic. Cash can confront her own doubts (“My Least Favorite Life”), celebrate a longtime love (“Not Many Miles to Go”), put our violent culture under the microscope (“Gods of Harlem”), look inward at the loss of her loved ones (“Everyone But Me”), and navigate the treacherous territory between he said and she said (“The Undiscovered Country” and the title cut), and on every song, her strong voice and lyrical gifts are in clear focus and in superb form. Five of the album’s ten songs (13 on the deluxe edition) were produced by Cash’s husband and longtime collaborator John Leventhal, while the others were cut with Tucker Martine, and both of them have given Cash sonic backdrops that match the subtle force of her contributions. (One of the deluxe edition bonus cuts was produced by Joe Henry, whose work similarly flatters the headliner.) And few other artists could write and record a song with Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello and not sound overpowered, a feat Cash manages with dignified aplomb on “Gods of Harlem.” She Remembers Everything is a challenging and rewarding set from an artist who is at the peak of her abilities, and if anyone needs to be reminded that Rosanne Cash is one of America’s best and smartest songwriters, all they need to do is spend some time with these songs.
1. The Only Thing Worth Fighting For 04:19
2. The Undiscovered Country 05:20
3. 8 Gods Of Harlem 03:54
4. Rabbit Hole 04:07
5. Crossing To Jerusalem 03:32
6. Not Many Miles To Go 04:03
7. Everyone But Me 03:37
8. She Remembers Everything 03:37
9. Particle And Wave 02:12
10. My Least Favorite Life 04:03
11. Nothing But The Truth 04:40
12. Every Day Feels Like A New Goodbye 02:18
13. The Parting Glass 02:40