The bearded, raspy voiced front man from Alexisonfire is back again with the next chapter of his solo act; City and Colour. As I’ve said before, he is the angelic half of the vocals of Alexisonfire, while George Pettit is the demonic, screaming half.
That being said, Green gives us the poem perfect voice that we’ve come to know and love so well. Entitled Little Hell, we are taken again to a world where Dallas writes his perceptions in articulate scribesmanship, married to incredible instrumentals.
Released June 7th, this album is a bit of a departure from Bring Me Your Love, with a stronger country feel, and a little more electricity throughout. Of course, Green has taken the time to get something very fresh, while still feeling familiar.
My first favorite track happens to be the title track, Little Hell. A warning sign of his bad habits, and unfortunate truths, it is quite similar to his last albums opening track, Forgive Me. The instrumentals are similar as well, but the lyrics ‘My warships are lying off the coast of your delicate heart/ And my aim is steady and true as it’s been right from the start’ delivers quite a bit of menacing imagery.
The 7th track, O’ Sister is an anthem to those of us who have had to watch their sister go down a dark path, unsure of if they will make it through, however hopeful we are. Asking several questions all through the song, I felt the heaviest to be ‘What have the demons done with the luminous light that once shined from your eyes?’ Not only do I think this song is ripe for a score of a movie like Girl Interrupted, but will likely become and anthem for the women in our lives going through trials and tribulations.
My personally favorite on the album, is the 8th track, Weightless. It explores the dangers of leaving all the weight of your heart in the hands of a quite confident lover. While it feels so good, the peril is unwavering. The tides change however, when the invisible lover falls from grace, and Dallas is reluctant to help the pompous player. If Dallas Green ever wrote anything close to an R and B song, this would definitely be it. Just the way he twists the words to strange pitches made the song the most memorable, all set to a near funky band setup.
For Dallas Green fans, this is a no brainer, and you probably already picked up this powerful album. For newcomers, I guarantee you’ll find something you like on the album. Dallas is at the time of this posting, preparing for a few sold out dates in the UK, with no American dates until Lollapalooza on August 7th, and Austin City Limits on September 17th. Check the website for details, and grab the album now!
Until next time my friends,