Roseanne Cash (from the album She Remembers Everything available on Blue Note Records)
The cover is a photo of Rosanne Cash, the background for the album art a scatter of red rose petals and the title, She Remembers Everything, appearing in beautiful penmanship. On the surface, She Remembers Everything is artwork put on display as an alluring image, graceful and poised. Nothing is as it seems, and though she holds a possible letter opener, Roseanne Cash definitely has a sharp object grasped in her fist, her eyes closed in determination as the phrase She Remembers Everything reads more as a threat than an observation. The title track posts a question in the first line, asking ‘who knows who she used to be before it all went dark’ as Rosanne is joined in the vocals by Sam Phillips on a track that pair co-wrote. Accenting “The Only Thing Worth Fighting For” with Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) on board, Rosanne Cash uses the tune to lead into She Remembers Everything, the pair duetting as the story reaches the conclusion that love is the one reason to engage in battle. Bringing Colin Meloy’d vocal back for the gentle sway of “Rabbit Hole” as more musical friends partner with Rosanne in a tune co-written by the singing trio (Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello) for “8 Gods of Harlem”, inner-city life reeling by for an all-to-real life drama. The songs on She Remembers Everything were born in the sentiments, belief structure, and voices inside the mind of Rosanne Cash. We all spend time alone with our innermost thoughts as decisions become multiple balls in the air, each orb dropping away until only one stays in orbit. Rosanne Cash shares the talent she has of staging her dreams and hopes with words and music in She Remembers Everything.
Producing the album with Tucker Martine and Jon Leventhal in Portland, Oregon, Rosanne Cash has her own life as subject material for the tales on She Remembers Everything and she points out that within the stories ‘there is a woman's real life, complex experiences, and layered understanding in these songs. I could not have written them ten years ago---not even close. Time is shorter, I have more to say’. The wanderings in She Remembers Everything take on names when Rosanne Cash gently strides into “Crossing into Jerusalem”, unearths new ground in “The Undiscovered Territory”, and makes good use of the Country sounds found on her original hits with “Not Many Miles to Go” as she pens a story for musical (and life) partner, Jon Leventhal, his guitar work weaving throughout the track. A slowed heartbeat guides the ethereal tones the drift like fog into “My Least Favorite Life”, Rosanne Cash exiting She Remembers Everything reading an open letter to herself while attempting to balance plans with outcomes by shuffling through mental snapshots of her life.
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