MUSIC: Dream Album

Johnny Cash, the country music legend, was all but washed up. Now he has a great record, improbably produced by a rock wunderkind.

There are two kinds of cool. There's the sugary, quickie cool you get from eating a Popsicle under a hot noontime sun. It's tasty and sharp, but it lasts only a few licks. Then there's the other kind of cool, the kind you get from resting in the shadow of a big oak tree on a summer day. That kind reaches down to your bones, and it even touches your soul: that old oak tree is noble and enduring.

Johnny Cash is oak-tree cool. The 62-year-old singer and songwriter has sold more than 50 million albums in 40 years. His signature...

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