Out Among The Stars, the previously lost Johnny Cash album in stores now, has earned sparkling reviews from fans and critics alike, including a high rating of 7.4 from Pitchfork! Read some of the reviews:
Man, do some of these cuts sparkle. The opening title track is classic Cash: straightforward and conversational, with punchy Springsteen-gone-bad lyrics and a rollicking beat. … It’s a reassuring way to open the album and it dovetails nicely with “Baby Ride Easy”, the first and better of Johnny’s two duets with June. … Out Among the Stars is a boon for fans of country music history as well as those who just can’t get enough Cash. More importantly, it highlights a missing link between the often disparate eras of a long and complicated career. – Pitchfork
This new collection features the man in his relative splendor, circa 1984, produced by Billy Sherrill, featuring guest vocals by June Carter Cash and Waylon Jennings, and sounding prime, utterly contemporary, and so appealing it’s hard to fathom why this stuff never saw previous release. A great array of songs … makes this really good listening and a reminder that talent is timeless, ageless, and these days more welcome than ever.
– Yahoo! Music
It’s laid-back and entertaining, a nice reminder, after all those somber Rick Rubin albums, of Cash’s goofy good humor: “If I Told You Who It Was” and “Baby Ride Easy” (a duet with June Carter Cash) are high-spirited and jokey, offsetting serious stuff like “I Came To Believe” and “She Used To Love Me a Lot.” Nostalgia for ’80s Johnny — it’s about time.
– New York Post
This release is a real find. It’s not a collection of unfinished demos, alternate tracks, or outtakes. It’s a bonafide, brand new Johnny Cash album compiled from tracks Cash recorded in 1981 and 1984 but were left to languish in the vaults. Until now. Cash’s career had stalled in the ’80s, a time when he couldn’t even land an album on the country charts. But you wouldn’t know that from listening to these songs. – The Seattle Times