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Johnny Cash Remixed


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by natey USER (46 Reviews)
March 18th, 2009 | 11 replies | 5,410 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cash forgive them, for they know not what they’ve done…

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

We often find ourselves in contrary or conflicting situations: positions where what is instinctive or natural lies in opposition to the requisite or satisfactory. Take our economic state for example. No matter where you may live on the face of our blessed earth, if you’re alive and reading this then you are aware of the current, global economic “crisis”. And in the face of economic crisis, instinctive is a desire to cut-back on spending and stash your cash in some sheltered safe. Yet what my country, (me judice) the greatest country on our green earth so necessitates is confidence and a willingness to spend and rejuvenate the economy. In this world of paradoxes yet another landed to our planet in the shape of this album, on January 27, 2009.

Johnny Cash Remixed. The title alone is an awkward chore to read. Johnny Cash, arguably one of the greatest songwriters of all time, known for his natural, earthy sound, remixed. It reads like a sick joke. I laughed inwardly at the thought initially, imagining it would sound goofy or ridiculous. Surprise surprise, that’s exactly how it sounds.

The album kicks off with Philip Steir’s take on “Get Rhythm.” It features plenty of new instrumentation, including some slap bass and electronic drums, but emits an overall vibe of pointlessness. The record continues in that strange state of wonder: wonder that someone really worked on these tracks, and if you’ll ever consider replaying them. Then track four contributes a little electricity to the album. “I Walk the Line” is the first track that really slaps the listener upside the head. Featuring exec. producer Snoop Dogg vacuously spitting rhymes beside The Man, there is a tiny shred of potential for something uniquely special to be made. Historically it’s a sort-of remarkable pairing. Unfortunately, it is one of the weakest remixes on the album, with poorly placed snippets and harmonies, as well as lyrical shortcomings from Snoop.

Where the album suffers most is not unexpected. Johnny Cash remixes are a silly idea, and that factor promises to drown the record on hilarity alone. Yet there is more to this album’s failure then just its concept: brilliant artist choices like the Alabama 3 (who could forget them?), Brits responsible for the Soprano’s opening theme. Add a jocular version of “Leave That Junk Alone” to their glorious history, a track trashworthy at best. The best track here may be “Folsom Prison Blues”, credit of Ameican DJ Pete Rock. Still, it is hardly more then the original slapped with a new drum track, and has nothing on the original.

Commentary from the producers mentions the challenging story of creating this record with the “sensibility and technology of 2009” through carefully picked “custodians” desiring to uphold “Cash’s legacy.” Well it sure looks like they chose some custodians to do the job. It sounds as mundane and ridiculous as anything I’d expect from taking the most musically handicapped janitors I know and sticking them in a studio with protools and the original tracks. And I’m no Cash purist, but this is just brainless. It bears absolutely no replay value, and the novelty factor is lost by its idiocy. Cash forgive them, for they know not what they’ve done…



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 18th 2009



7762 Comments


Why in the fuck was this made?

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flamethisuser
March 18th 2009



395 Comments


this sounds like it would be unpleasant to listen to

ninjuice
March 18th 2009



6758 Comments


The album kicks off with Philip Steir’s take on “Get Rhythm.”

Not according to the tracklist.
Then track four contributes a little electricity to the album. “I Walk the Line”...

Dido.

natey
March 18th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

tracklist fixed.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 19th 2009



17912 Comments


Dido.

taylormemer
March 19th 2009



4887 Comments


Yet what my country, (me judice) the greatest country on our green earth

Ha!

Avirov
March 19th 2009



1206 Comments


If it gets your hopes up (Since this review is pretty down), someone did remix Johnny Cash quite well -- El-P.

natey
March 19th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Ha!

lol i like to be controversial

What's El-P's remix?

JustJoe
February 17th 2011



1399 Comments


I don't like what I'm hearing.

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Ovrot
February 17th 2011



10253 Comments


Hmmmm

I'm tempted.

JustJoe
February 17th 2011



1399 Comments


Do it and then get offended by it.



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