After June Carter Cash's death her husband, Johnny Cash, began recording music like a mad man. This album is a product of that frenetic recording period before his own death in 2003. He wasn't in the great shape physically when he recording this music, but you really can't tell. The quality is still high.
Featuring an all-star group of supporting musicians, because he knew his own health was failing him many of the 10 tracks on the album deal with death and mortality. There is no fear in what can be described as a stark album only confidence and acceptance. His voice is a little weak at times, but that may be due to the emotions the songs brought up rather than his own limitations. Because they fit into the overall theme, there are also several covers on the album including Sheryl Crow's "Redemption Day" and Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times".