The Cash Brothers
How Was Tomorrow
First Appeared in The Music Box, October 2001, Volume 8, #10
Written by John Metzger
Andrew and Peter Cash have toiled within the music industry for more than a decade, developing individual careers and becoming established acts in Canada. It wasn't until 1997, however, that the siblings first began to write and perform together, resulting in their debut Raceway.
Now, the brothers have set their sights on the American market, reconfiguring Raceway — the track listing was rearranged, four songs were deleted, and three were added — into their American debut How Was Tomorrow. Though the lyrics range from dismal to decent (and occasionally good), the disc is still a moderately effective affair, carried by its delightfully buoyant melodies and blissfully tight harmonies.
Merging acoustic folk with infectious pop, The Cash Brothers draw heavily from Steve Earle — not a song goes by that doesn't cop his twangy country-rock style — while also alluding to Bruce Springsteen via the Matthew Ryan-like Nebraska and scattering sonic images of The Beatles along the way. Occasionally, the duo does run aground — most notably on the generic Show Me the Reason — but more often than not, their songs radiantly glow, showing great promise of things to come. ½
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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