Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar


4.5
superb

Review

by someguest USER (24 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2014 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1957 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An early audible example of American despair.

Johnny Cash's rough, humble beginnings were the foundation for his straightforward but effective approach to songwriting. And when he added his emotional turmoil, drug use, and a deep connection with reality to the mix he really stood out from the crowd. While not necessarily deeply negative in current times, the release of the early Sun singles together on his first album painted a picture of a man who really wasn't satisfied with his life regardless of how he looked at it. It's not as if anyone was really blamed for any of it, but it was accepted that it was just the way life is. There's a lot of country and blues roots here; songs about love, crime, rural living, and prison time fill the duration of the runtime. It's the believability that makes the album a success.

It's astonishing how many people in America (and beyond) are familiar with and like Johnny Cash, especially when his lifestyle and faith are brought to the table. This happened because, no matter how you feel about what he believed in or what he chose to do with his time, he strived to be genuine. He conveyed experience with these dark matters to the listener. And even if his own life didn't follow the stories he told down to the last detail, it didn't matter. It feels like he went through it all. The simplicity of the songs highlight this and allow nearly everyone to chime right in and imagine that they're being put through these tribulations right along with him. The listener feels the oppressive heat of the South and feels right at home when Cash can't seem to get out of his rut.

After all, life is hard. Everyone makes mistakes. Johnny Cash understood we must all face and pay for these mistakes somewhere down the line, or they'll eat us alive. The acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and double bass utilized by Cash and the Tennessee Two create a sound that could be comparable to someone being put on trial. And the lyrics recount the events that took place to land you in the courtroom. Luckily, you're the only one in the room and you get to decide where you're going to go from here. Either way, this album won't judge you for any choices on this long, difficult journey.



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someguest
March 2nd 2014


30014 Comments


This is my first review in just over a year. The album has really hit home with the things I have been going through lately, and has inspired me to start writing again.

Cheers, and thanks for reading!

Atari
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


26571 Comments


Good review

someguest
March 2nd 2014


30014 Comments


Thank you. I usually use writing to vent on a personal level, and it helps a lot. It gets your thoughts and negative energy out in the world where it can all be swallowed up.

Cygnatti
March 2nd 2014


35215 Comments


pos'd. might need to listen to this one.

Digging: Space Needle - Voyager

tommygun
March 2nd 2014


26993 Comments


fuck yes pos

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


45224 Comments


Haven't heard the album but pos for great review

mandan
March 2nd 2014


13461 Comments


I can't help but like this review. Props for reviewing this old-school record. Tbh, I've never heard a Cash album.

someguest
March 2nd 2014


30014 Comments


Thanks guys! It feels good to be back into the swing of things.

tommygun
March 2nd 2014


26993 Comments


cash is probably the manliest man who ever lived

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


45224 Comments


Manlier than Buttery? whoaho

tommygun
March 2nd 2014


26993 Comments


manlier than berninger even

seriously manliness

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


45224 Comments


God-DAMN

tommygun
March 2nd 2014


26993 Comments


jam at folsom prison dude life changing record

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


45224 Comments


Remind me

tommygun
March 2nd 2014


26993 Comments


u wot

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


45224 Comments


Remind me at some point in the future

Judio!
March 2nd 2014


8464 Comments


Sweet review, someguest. Our passionate love for ol' Johnny may easily become the foundation of a great friendship someday.

menawati
March 2nd 2014


16590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really nice review

someguest
March 2nd 2014


30014 Comments


Well, that's a little scary Judio. Thanks guys.

TwigTW
March 3rd 2014


3852 Comments


My dad used to play Johnny Cash all the time. This is some good stuff. It’s nice to see you reviewing it—pos.



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