Incorporating The Music Fix
14th June 2011 21:00:00
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City And Colour - Little Hell

I am always a sucker for folk-tinged songs of love, death and the human condition and this, the third solo outing from Alexisonfire man Dallas Green, is a sure fire winner. Opener ‘We Found Each Other In The Dark’ is a beautifully affecting love song that provides a teasingly gentle introduction before Green really finds his feet as on the hauntingly affecting ‘Grand Optimist’ and the musings on the nature of relationships on the fragile, acoustic guitar led title track. This sense of fragility permeates through the album even when Green brings the rock out, as on ‘Weightless’ and ‘Natural Disaster’, and to prevent that tipping over into saccharine mundanity, which he does almost effortlessly, is a sign of a truly great artist. The best is saved to almost the end with the organ heavy ‘Sorrowing Man’ providing blues rock brilliance reminiscent of the hugely underrated Alberta Cross. As the final chords of closer ‘Hope For Now’ fade away you are left with that rare thing: a side project that outstrips the music of the band that made the artist famous.
About Greg Belton
Despite being a seasoned gig goer for more years than I care to remember, I’m a fairly recent convert to writing about music. My tastes have undergone seismic shifts over the years and now take in punk, indie, goth, metal, Americana and anything else with a nice tune. A not too secret penchant for the work of Nick Cave will probably be reflected in the amount of his music I own. All plaudits greatly welcome - all criticism can be filed directly in the bin.