If you picked up Johnny Cash’s last effort, A Hundred Highways, you understand just how haunting it is to hear a man on his death bed sing with so much passion. Ain’t No Grave takes that haunting beauty and magnifies it. Not only are these the last songs ever recorded by Johnny Cash but all the songs revolve around death and dying.
The album’s opening song and title track, Ain’t No Grave, sounds like the ghost of Johnny Cash has come back to give us one last glimpse of one of the greatest american recording artist ever. Cash’s voice is strong and full, every bit the man of black he’s always been. But it’s also frail, broken, dying. Ain’t No Grave is one last batch of fantastic songs recorded by a legend.
If you haven’t already picked up Ain’t No Grave there’s something wrong with you. Listening to Johnny Cash’s last moments before death is a treat, even though it feels like you’re listening to a ghost sing to you.