Today's Country

The best Country music in the World!


March 18, 2003
Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Album Review

Even more so than its predecessor, the Raven two-fer Right or Wrong/Seven Year Ache, this pair of albums on one CD shows the depth and breadth of how far Rosanne Cash was willing to go in order to remake modern country music into something she considered not only interesting but also valid for the time period. Somewhere in the Stars and Rhythm & Romance are exercises in making seamless all the music that she and Rodney Crowell, her then husband, producer, and collaborator, had absorbed in London, Los Angeles, and New York. On these two records, particularly on the latter, Cash utilized the sounds of British new wave and the L.A. studio sound as a bottom for her lyrical and melodic explorations. The two discs are sharply contrasted by two things: On Somewhere in the Stars, Cash and producer Crowell chose mainly material by other songwriters, and on Rhythm & Romance, Crowell departed as producer and Cash wrote nearly everything on the record. Both records charted and did very well, but Rhythm & Romance went to number one, garnering a pair of singles in that spot as well as a Grammy for Cash's "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me." Sonically, they dovetail one another. Whereas on Stars, Cash and Crowell experiment with textures and riffs from various other types of pop music, on Rhythm & Romance there is no holding back, from the tough guitars to Benmont Tench's keyboards to the album's more rock and soul feeling overall. Each album stands on its own, and as a pair they are an amazing whole and deeply satisfying listening experience, standing the test of time exceedingly well.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Ain't No Money
  2. Down on Love
  3. I Wonder
  4. Oh Yes I Can
  5. Lookin' for a Corner
  6. It Hasn't Happened Yet
  7. That's How I Got to Memphis
  8. Third Rate Romance
  9. I Look for Love
  10. Somewhere in the Stars
  11. Hold On
  12. I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me
  13. Never Be You
  14. Second to No One
  15. Halfway House
  16. Pink Bedroom
  17. Never Alone
  18. My Old Man
  19. Never Gonna Hurt
  20. Closing Time
  21. Feelin' Blue [*]