City and Colour
Sometimes


3.0
good

Review

by Old Uncle Al USER (86 Reviews)
May 16th, 2007 | 54 replies | 24,666 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A promising debut, if a little on the repetitive side.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Dallas Green had always seemed like a talented chap to me. Back in 2002, when Alexisonfire had a bit of integrity and originality, Dallas’ strong vocals and ferocious guitar riffs broke through the loud and energetic music and screams that the rest of the band brought forth. But as the band progressed and gradually changed their sound and blended into the ever-increasing ideal of modern-day pop-punk “screamo”, Alexisonfire had begun their long road of disappointing releases compared to their debut. But what of Dallas Green? Turns out he had a trick up his sleeve should he become more artistically inspired and feels the need to stretch out of the modern-day post-hardcore cube. Dallas Green was, whodathunkit, was into acoustic folk as much as he was into nineties hardcore punk.

Dallas’ debut album under the moniker City and Colour, Sometimes is a breath of fresh air considering his occasionally monotonous back catalogue. It’s quiet, it’s soothing and it’s occasionally beautiful. The simple formula of quiet whisper-to-yell voice over a simple strumming of an acoustic guitar is considerably effective, especially with a voice as agile and soothing as Dallas’. Green gets to show off his vocal chords on practically every song on the album, which incorporate almost whispering vocals breaking into just as musical yelling seamlessly. The acoustic guitars and, on occasion, mournful pianos create the perfect backdrop to his voice, setting a melancholic mood for the album. “Day Old Hate” and “Hello, I’m In Delaware” are both perfect examples of Dallas’ sense of balance in regard to catchiness, mood, and simple folk methods, but with a twist of sadness and rawness thrown in to make it more interesting.

The main problem with Sometimes is that it is an extremely repetitive album, and despite it’s appropriately mild length, things tend to get old pretty fast. The first song, “Off By Heart”, is practically useless, a minute and a half of the same chord progression and Dallas showing off his pipes. Right off the bat we’re introduced to the formula that we’ll be hearing for the next 45 minutes, and it’s evident that it’s going to get boring after a while, since the first three tracks are all, essentially, identical and repetitive, despite their catchy nature and a frankly impressive performance from Green. But songs like “Save Your Scissors” and “Sam Malone” seem extremely repetitive and pointless, seeing as Dallas takes no different direction with the songs (both relatively simple) and about midway through each it’s evident that Dallas himself is running out of enthusiasm for his song writing, seeing as how the songs repeat themselves on average more than two times. It doesn’t hurt that they’re still incredibly catchy, but formula indeed gets tiring, whether from the perspective of the whole album or just a single song.

That’s not to say that Sometimes is a bad album. Dallas has occasional moments of true beauty strewn throughout the album, mostly in his continually impressive vocals and intricate lyrics (“What happens when I grow old, and all my stories have been told?” is a particular line that suits the mellow and down-toned music perfectly). Dallas has, to be honest, written some incredibly beautiful songs, most notably on “Like Knives” and the last two tracks, “Casey’s Song” and “Sometimes (I Wish)”, which all have the down-trodden mood of, well, the rest of the album but the song writing is just all around better and, though they remain repetitive, the performances are fantastic throughout, and Dallas even layers the songs with small guitar and piano solos and a choir. These songs prove that if Dallas were to embrace his more emotionally impacted music than he could truly be the father of a wonderful album.

But for now, Dallas has a cute little album that’s, well, anything but. Though it’s simple and catchy, it’s a very melancholic album, brought both by the very trudging and almost funeral-march-ish music and Dallas’ cool and collected vocals. It’s indeed very impressive in some places, despite its repetitiveness, and Green shows that he is capable of some truly breathtaking moments despite it’s simplicity, but elsewhere he sounds inescapably less sincere, like on the more poppy songs on the soon-to-become singles, “Save Your Scissors” and “Hello, I’m In Delaware”. The song writing never falters by much, but the small difference is very noticeable thanks to the music’s simple nature. But for now, City and Colour’s debut is a good album from a strong and talented voice, and hints of promising things to come. Recommended for those mildly interested in the artist or the genre.

Thanks for reading,
AV8RS



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tom79
May 16th 2007



3364 Comments


Nice review, didn't expect this one.

I never really got into Dallas Green, or Alexisonfire for that matter. I've heard about half the album though, its okay, not that good.This Message Edited On 07.07.07

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Tyler
Emeritus
May 16th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Dallas Green is so tone deaf I cry almost as much as his 13 year old little girly fans. Well, live at least. This Message Edited On 05.16.07

samthebassman
May 16th 2007



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Comin Home was a good single release.

plane
Staff Reviewer
May 17th 2007



6085 Comments


Good review, but

repetetive side.

Look out for those.

jrowa001
May 17th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, i listen to this album a lot when im doing homework or just relaxin. i think dallas has a great voice

MrKite
May 30th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I liked Coming Home and that's about it. I was really surprised how little I liked this.

samthebassman
July 1st 2007



2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album gets quite boring.

Metalikane
October 27th 2007



851 Comments


Dallas has an amazing voice. Im not hearing anything that would make me think he is tone deaf. This is a very soothing album. Good if youre feeling down in the dumps.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 28th 2007



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

There's a new one coming out in February, hopefully he'll learn to sing by then.

Metalikane
October 29th 2007



851 Comments


Who would you consider a good singer?

MrKite
October 29th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I just realized that this is one of the worst albums I've heard. The realization surprised me quite a bit, tbh. I don't know why.

aguzman
April 12th 2008



62 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Relaxing album, but also boring, all the songs are in someway similar one to each other. Nothing interesting.

craigy2
July 16th 2008



551 Comments


Great review! Theres a sale on all Vagrant Records stuff down at HMV now (2 for £8.99) so I may have to check this out. POS'd

HighandDriving
July 16th 2008



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was so happy I got to see him live before he started pushing his softmoar.This Message Edited On 07.16.08

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Samwyze55
March 31st 2009



83 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album is so repeditive! make it stop...

Iamthe Nightstars
April 7th 2009



2190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't really get why you all are complaining about this album being repetitive. There are many good songs on here and I can tell them all apart. Some of the songs have their own feel to them even if some of them resemble each other. Besides, it's going to sound similar if it's coming from the same writer.

cirq
May 30th 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

better than "bring me your love" ?

Waior
June 1st 2009



11425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a great album, but Bring Me Your Love is better (folkier).

tombits
June 1st 2009



3469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is better.

cirq
June 9th 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Comin home is fucking beautiful



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