Out Among the Stars is very much classic Cash. Storytelling. Balladry. Duets. A haunting spiritual. All are here. And with the clear exception of “If I Told You Who It Was,” a spoken and sung tale of a run-in with a famous singer, which suffers from some truly regrettable lyrics, nearly all the tracks are winners. Twice Cash duets with June Carter Cash, most memorably on “Don’t You Think It’s Come Our Time,” which ranks with the best in Cash’s vast catalog.
Between the Bootleg series and unissued works with Rick Rubin, Cash’s posthumous slew of releases has been unusually exceptional, but Out Among the Stars truly takes the cake. Here Johnny Cash breathes once again, full of life and singing his heart out. Let’s hope there’s one or two more out there.