Photo: Dustin Rabin
Review by Tom Caswell
I’ve loved City and Colour since 2008 when my girlfriend introduced me to the music and the thing that struck me straight away was how beautiful the vocals were over the gorgeous acoustic guitar. Unbelievably calming. Back then it was just Dallas Green by himself (apart from the odd track where drums were used) but since the album Little Hell was released in 2011 he’s had a full band behind him live and in the studio.
The new album The Hurry And The Harm is just what you expect from Dallas Green. Excellence. From start to finish you’re reminded just how good he is at writing music. His first two albums were fairly underground in terms of popularity but now he’s starting to turn heads all over the world. This album will continue that trend of acceptance and rightly so.
When the title track kicks in that very familiar City and Colour sound hits you straight away. The melodies, the lyrics, the guitar, everything. It couldn’t be anyone else. This is music at it’s best. Of Space And Time is a track that could have fit very easily on the first two albums and The Lonely Life delivers the first driving beat of the album. Thirst is very reminiscent of the song Fragile Bird from the previous album in terms of instruments used and overall feel, and this is the ‘new’ City and Colour sound that has come about since the introduction of a full band. However long time fans of Dallas Green will be pleased to hear pure acoustic tracks on the album in Paradise and Take Care which show that he’s still in touch with those first albums.
Having been a fan since the second album Bring Me Your Love was released in 2008, it’s been a joy to hear the evolution of Dallas’ music over each album. I look forward to each new album immensely and when this one was announced a few months back I couldn’t wait until June arrived.
I find it very difficult to choose my favourite song from this album (as with every City and Colour album) but that’s only because they are all so good. I’ve never found myself wanting to skip a song like I sometimes do with other bands and artists. Every song on every album is exquisite and The Hurry And The Harm is no exception. It’s fantastic, buy it immediately.
The Hurry And The Harm
Harder Than Stone
Of Space And Time
The Lonely Life
Ladies And Gentlemen
The Golden State
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