Up until 2011, City & Colour was only the solo side-project of Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist, Dallas Green, but since that band parted ways it has since become Green‘s sole focus. ‘The Hurry And The Harm’ is the first record to be released since Green‘s spotlight of attention changed subject, and whilst some progression from last album ‘Little Hell’ is apparent, there isn’t a terrific amount of difference from previous releases.
Opening number and title-track, ‘The Hurry And The Harm’, re-introduces Dallas Green‘s soothing, calming voice over a delicate background ensuring a sound that isn’t overpowering. Whilst this is bringing back what fans love about City & Colour, it’s a similar sound to previous release ‘Little Hell’, rather than introducing listeners to much new. What is exciting is when City & Colour noticeably come together as a band on tracks such as ‘Two Coins’, making for a much fuller sound with darker undertones. If this is the direction Green steers his project towards in the future, it could be a very successful one.
Alexisonfire fans will immediately recognise that ‘Harder Than Stone’ holds some lyrics very similar to later AOF track, ‘Born And Raised’, but with a much more relaxed approach. It’s a fresh take on an old favourite. The only real disappointment about this record is penultimate track, ‘The Golden State’, which generally doesn’t seem to have the depth that the rest of the record has and seems a bit like a filler track.
Whilst some fans will have been hoping for a return to the moodier tones of the days of ‘Sometimes’, City & Colour have progressed from those days and their new direction does show promise. Lyrically, ‘The Hurry And The Harm’ is as impressive as Dallas Green has made all of his records. Whilst it’s instrumentally similar, the continuation of their sound as a full band really shows growth. It would’ve been nice to hear this more-rounded sound applied to more songs on this record. but this is still a great record that should bring City & Colour more well-deserved success.
Written by Jonathon Barlow