RESEARCH: Digipack DeconstructionJohnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes AroundJohnny Cash’s album is similar to Adele’s album, 21, which Ipreviously deconstructed. Both of these albums show keycharacteristics which can be associated with the Singer/songwritersubgenre. One of these is that the cover is trying to advertise Cashto his audience, with a photograph of himself and his name in boldwriting being the only things on the front cover. The albums draband dull colours are also very similar to Adele’s album, thesecolours connote the link between the dark lyrics and the drabcolours.
On the back is a black and white photograph of a small room usedfor writing, composing and recording music. This room is empty thisdenotes that Johnny Cash is a solo artist and he is the person whocontrols all his work, putting emphasis on him being asinger/songwriter.
Inside the case shows the inside of a religious building with amicrophone standing alone. On the right hand side there is anotherblack and white image which shows lyrics and guitars. The imagesin this album constantly suggest characteristics ofsinger/songwriters.The CD itself is very basic, I have found this in all the digipacks Ihave deconstructed. It only contains the album title and recordingstudios.
The booklet which is inside the case contains a printed note fromCash, part of it reads ‘nothing can separate me from my love ofGod, my wife, and my music’ this explains the reasons for the use ofthe images on this album case. – The religious building, this handwith wedding ring and images of instruments.