Ken Tucker reviews Rosanne Cash's album The River & The Thread:
One of the recurring themes of The River & The Thread is the notion that music can be a repository for history, as well as a way to heal old wounds, old heartache. On “When the Master Calls the Roll,” two lovers — based loosely on two of Cash’s relatives from the Civil War era — are reunited in death, in everlasting bliss. On other songs that kind of healing works on narrators grappling with contemporary struggles. Taken together, the result is a concept album, a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.
photo of Rosanne Cash by Deborah Feingold