Toronto-based singer/songwriter (and NOW news writer) Andrew Cash originally recorded this as a stripped-down acoustic guitar and vocals album, written toward the end of the Cash brothers’ last tour. He sent the tracks to Daryl Smith to mix down, who asked if he could add a few things. “A few things” turned into full-on band arrangements that stay true to the folky intentions but are sometimes gorgeously lush.
As you can guess from the title, this isn’t the cheeriest album. Much of it was inspired by Cash’s experiences touring the U.S. after 9/11, but the politics aren’t preachy or clumsy. This is storytelling songwriting, at times at the expense of hooks, but it rewards close listening.
Andrew Cash plays tonight (Thursday, March 13) at the Rivoli.