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Album Review: City & Colour – The Hurry and the Harm

Album Review: City & Colour – The Hurry and the Harm

Artist: City & Colour
Album:  The Hurry and the Harm
Release Date: June 4th 2013
Tracks: 12 (+3 Bonus Tracks)
Label: Dine Alone Records

So Dallas Green returns once again, and each time a little more matured and a little more calming. Nothing could be better proof than the release of his new album The Hurry and the Harm, released on June 4th on Dine Alone Records.

Following the release of Little Hell, Green’s 2011 offering it seemed that he had really started to make a name for himself in his own right commercially, rather than being ‘That guy from Alexisonfire’s side project’. Of course he had always been known, and perhaps he was one of the most well-renown and beloved of all ‘underground’ acts, but with The Hurry and the Harm it’s safe to say that if Dallas has not surfaced already, it won’t be long until he does.

So if you’re one of the unfortunate people who are not familiar with City & Colour so far, let’s talk about the new album.

One thing that can be said about City & Colour is that he’s not one for writing repetitive or ‘samey’ music. Although; on the whole this is true for The Hurry and the Harm I have to say that there are more instances of songs where you can detect similarity to older material, whereas on his previous albums, each song was unique and completely standalone. However, it could very easily be argued that this is because Dallas is settling into his style comfortably. There are few songs in particular that are unmistakably City & Colour. Death’s Song which is one of my favourites on the album has Green’s trademark pessimism and sweet finger-picked melodies. The song seems to cover issues of love and life and allusions and metaphors of death, something that may seem gloomy, but it wouldn’t be a City & Colour album without it.

“What becomes of me, when stop listening? Do I disappear into the silence or return from the void with brand new light?”

Unfortunately, there are some bad sides. I had said earlier that before this concretely styled album Dallas was prone to releasing albums containing varying songs such as Confessions, The Girl and As Much As I Ever Could all on one LP for example, and he managed to do so using primarily an acoustic guitar, even more so with his first LP Sometimes.

It seems to me that The Hurry and the Harm has more style than the others, but less creativity, more lyrical confidence, but less diversity. For me this is a downfall. I enjoyed the fact that I could turn on a City & Colour album for the first time and know that each song would have been different from the last, but with the latest offering, it seems that all songs flow in the same channel. If you listen to the songs Harder Than Stone and Paradise,then perhaps you’ll see what I mean. Songs that don’t sound exactly the same, but don’t sound particularly different either.

Overall, The Hurry and the Harm is a fantastic status symbol of Dallas’ progress and definitive style, however, I would be lying if I told you that it was the best that he had ever released. I would recommend the songs; Take Care, Death’s Song and The Golden State.

 

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