American IV: The Man Comes Around

American IV: The Man Comes Around
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Studio album by
Released November 5, 2002
Recorded 2002
Studio American Recording Studios
Genre
Length 51:55
Label
Producer
Johnny Cash chronology
Johnny Cash at Madison Square Garden
(2002)
American IV: The Man Comes Around
(2002)
Unearthed
(2003)
American series chronology
American III: Solitary Man
(2000)
American IV: The Man Comes Around
(2002)
Unearthed
(2003)
Singles from American IV: The Man Comes Around
  1. "Personal Jesus"
    Released: September 30, 2002
  2. "Hurt"
    Released: February 10, 2003
  3. "The Man Comes Around"
    Released: July 15, 2014
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly Aβˆ’[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Mojo 4.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork 6.9/10[7]
Robert Christgau Aβˆ’[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

American IV: The Man Comes Around is a studio album by Johnny Cash. It was released on November 5, 2002, by American Recordings and Universal Records. It is the fourth in Cash's "American" series of albums, and the last album released during his lifetime. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Background

The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For instance, for the song "Personal Jesus", Rubin asked Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore's song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style. He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley.

American IV was the final album Johnny Cash released during his lifetime; though the Unearthed box set was compiled prior to his death, with Cash choosing the tracks and writing liner notes. American IV: The Man Comes Around was Cash's first non-compilation album to go gold in thirty years. Additionally, the album won "Album of the Year" award at the 2003 CMA Awards. It was certified gold on March 24, 2003 and platinum on November 21, 2003 by the Recording Industry Association of America, the first non-compilation album of Cash's to do so since the early 1970s.

The video for "Hurt," a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and originally released in 1994, was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won a Grammy for "Give My Love to Rose", a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s. Cash was also nominated that year for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for his "Bridge over Troubled Water" cover with Fiona Apple. The music video for "Hurt" also won the award for Best Short Form Video in 2004.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor admitted that he was initially "flattered" but worried that "the idea of Cash covering 'Hurt' sounded a bit gimmicky," but when he heard the song and saw the video for the first time, Reznor said he was deeply moved and found Cash's cover beautiful and meaningful, going as far as to say "that song isn't mine anymore."[13]

Graeme Thomson, in The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings, has discussed concern about Cash's health during the recording. Cash was suffering from multiple health problems and had lost most of his vision, with recording sessions interrupted by hospital stays. Thompson quotes singer Will Oldham: "We should turn and switch off the tape when our listening energy would be better spent helping a living songwriter/performer."[14]

Previous recordings

Six songs featured on the album had previously been recorded by Cash.

Track listing

Original double LP record release

The missing two tracks from the original 17-track LP record release are "Wichita Lineman" and "Big Iron", and the track order is different.

Personnel

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[31] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[32] Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[33] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Platinum 1,600,000[35]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[37] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture

References

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  2. ^ Johnson, Zac. "American IV: The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash". AllMusic. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  3. ^ Cash has once again seen that white light--yet resisted its allure--and written an apocalyptic title track and put his stamp on an eclectic batch of material. [8 Nov 2002, p.106]
  4. ^ Clarke, Betty. "Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around". The Guardian. Retrieved November 1, 2002.
  5. ^ Hilburn, Robert. "Justin's past the goo, but not yet 'Justified'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 3, 2002.
  6. ^ If this is to be Cash's last album, then what a magnificent way he has chosen to say goodbye. [Album of the Month, Dec 2002, p.100]
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  11. ^ May be the most consistent of the four albums to date. [Jan 2003, p.122]
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