Ellison co-wrote all of the songs on this album, so at least he feels something for it. His influences appear to be more modern than most, giving his new-millennium take on the blues a more contemporary spin that many of his genre compatriots never quite manage. Still, Cold Hard Cash is saddled by convention -- the singing, playing, and attitude are all second-hand. It's certainly competent, but rarely inspired.
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AllMusic Review by Michael Gallucci