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09.13.06 03:41 PM

johnny cash obsession

johnny_cash.jpegThis may come as a complete shocking surprise, but I have become totally obsessed with Johnny Cash's cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." Because he is a country singer, his version has a bluesy gospel feel to it and the piano tinkling is reminiscent of Ragtime. The music, overall, has become absolutely devoid of any indication of it's original Brit Synth Pop sensibilities. His voice is somber and contemplative. Whereas with Depeche, I once felt that the song was sacrilegious, with Cash it doesn't come off in that manner.

Of course having Rick Rubin as producer on the project, and his getting guitarist John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to re-work an acoustic version of the song, is an added plus.

I might, in fact, find it more useful as a listening aid when depressed and hitting the bottle heavily, but instead I'm quite intrigued by his ability to make the song his own. It's the thing that makes me listen again and again.

Listen to Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus here.

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