I picked this up today and it is incredible. His voice is a ruin, but the songs he chose showcase it the way it is, instead of trying to sound the way he used to.
Death is an ever-present shadow over this album. He’s grieving the lost love of his life and he knows he’s dying and he’s pissed and he’s sure as hell not going gently into that good night. God’s Gonna Cut You Down isn’t a tender spiritual; he’s dying and she’s dying and they’re dying and you are, too.
He chokes up at the end of Love’s Been Good to Me, and, wow. Just wow.
He only wrote 2 songs on the album: Like the 309 and I Came To Believe , the rest are written by others, with the exception of the traditional, God’s Gonna Cut You Down .
I think this is a fitting finish to an incredible career. If you like Johnny Cash, you must buy this album.