“The Hurry And The Harm” is the fourth album from City And Colour, and no doubt the much anticpated follow up to 2011’s “Little Hell”. The ex-Alexisonfire vocalist is reunited once again with his acoustic guitar and back doing what he does best. “The Hurry And The Harm” is an enchanting journey that Dallas Green wants you to join him on...
Opening title track effortlessly flows and Dallas Green’s distinctive echoic vocals glide over the top and set the tone perfectly for the rest of the record.
may have long
since left his bleak outlook behind him and this new offering (although
melancholic in part) offers the tone of hope and is looking forward. Songs such as “The Lonely Life” are tinged with a tone of sadness, yet are
instantly charming. Melodic and acoustic folk at heart, “The Hurry And The
Harm” offers a new found diversity from Dallas .
“Ladies and Gentlemen” oozes velvety rich tones and is buttery smooth whilst “ Dallas Paradise” is more contained and stripped back.
Dallas Green’s vocals effortlessly move the album along. Acoustic guitar focused and little else, at first it appears simple but its intricacies are what makes you want to listen time and time again. “Commentators” proves what a dynamic album
Dallas has produced; folk, melodic and acoustic this track
move to country. Simply infectious. “Thirst”,
the heaviest track on the record is the highlight of the album; grittier sounds
and the guitar and beat of the drum are more progressive. However, whilst more
blunt and cutting and slightly rockier, it doesn’t sit out of place with more
classic City And Colour sounds. Dallas
The clear plucking of guitar and subtle rise and fall makes “Take Care” melancholic and unforced, as
distinctive falsetto soars. The album ends on “Death’s Song”, the perfect marriage
between the optimistic and full soaring chorus and more despondent verses. The
haunting repetition echoes the tolling of death bells and harnesses the sound
of “The Hurry And The Harm”. Speaking of the album, Green comments, “I don’t
have a lot of faith in myself, so it’s hard for me to have a lot of faith in
something I have created. But I’ve never been happier or prouder about
something that I have done.” It is this modestly and honesty that resounds
through the album and allows the songs to do the talking for themselves. Dallas
“The Hurry And The Harm” sees
and his guitar doing what they do best and firmly marks his stride away from
Alexisonfire. Noticeably stepping things
up from previous solo offerings, Dallas
still manages to harness the beautiful, melodic-acoustic sensibilities that
can’t fail to captivate. This isn’t an overtly upbeat album, instead a slower
burner; the perfect accompaniment to long summer evenings. A charming and confident fourth album. 8/10 Dallas
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