Night and Day picks
up where Andre Williams left off after 1999’s Red Dirt, his first
collaboration with Canadian alt-country juggernauts The Sadies. The title
alludes to the difference between Andre when he started this album in 2008 and
when he finished – after going to jail for a charge that ultimately didn’t
stick. Andre’s livin’ clean now, and has a new perspective, but he remains
agile, mobile and hostile as the Sadies choogle, twang and vamp behind him.
Album opener “I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail” finds Mr.
Rhythm resolving to “kill a nigga” and in “The Seventy-Year-Old” he says, “I
never pulled the trigga – but I will.” But on “America,” Andre’s concerned about
the state of the nation. And in “Your Old Lady,” the erstwhile playboy returns
a woman to her paroled husband. But he hasn’t gone totally soft. While
reflecting on achieving sobriety on “I Thank God” he says, “I can shoot
somebody in five minutes, and go to jail for twenty years – that ain’t right.” No – no, it ain’t.
Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail,” “I Thank God” RANDY HARWARD