Album Details

March 25, 2003
Country, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Progressive Country

Album Review

At every level, Rules of Travel distinguishes itself. A latecomer to songwriting, Rosanne Cash delivers plenty of compelling material, fully comparable in quality to the album's two non-original cuts. She comes up with fresh and intriguing chord changes to end verses and choruses on the title track, and images whose rugged eloquence perfectly fits the early-morning mumble of Steve Earle on "I'll Change for You." On "September When It Comes," she switches to a more homespun, folkloric imagery that suits her father's weathered, timeless rumble. The production values change very subtly according to what best suits each song, from the Wallflowers-oriented roots rock saunter of "Hope Against Hope" to the shadowy urban swing of "Will You Remember Me" to the stark acoustic setting of "Western Wall." Though her voice is hardly the most impressive instrument in country music, Cash knows how to compensate by using an understated approach to more quietly highlight the essence of a song. Given the quality of what she gives herself to work with on Rules of Travel, it's a method that can't miss.
Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Beautiful Pain
  2. 44 Stories
  3. I'll Change for You
  4. Rules of Travel
  5. September When It Comes
  6. Hope Against Hope
  7. Will You Remember Me
  8. Three Steps Down
  9. Closer Than I Appear
  10. Western Wall
  11. Last Stop Before Home
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