City and Colour
MySpace Transmissions


4.5
superb

Review

by Tari Ajadi USER (9 Reviews)
January 14th, 2009 | 17 replies | 9,121 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Green shows he can cash in on his potential, just on an EP.

I am a huge fan of City and Colour (Dallas Green for those of you who don't know). He is probably one of my favourite artists, and I greatly anticipated his new album. You can imagine my surprise then, when the first sounds I heard were not of a guitar, or a voice, or even a piano. Instead I heard floorboards creaking. This was a recurring theme through the album; an almost "live" feel that was supposed to make the listener feel like they were in the room with Dallas. Unsurprisingly, the theme failed. The only complaint most had about the album was the production, and most saw it as a real setback to what could have been a real classic.

Four months later, this MySpace Transmissions EP shows up. Coincidence? I think not. On this record, there are no stomp boards, no creaky floorboards, none of the weird instrumental choices that appeared on Bring Me Your Love. This is just a man, his guitar and his harmonica, creating beautiful, magical music. Everything about these songs is better than the original versions in my opinion. For instance, "As Much As I Ever Could" seems so pure when there are not the backing vocals in the mix. His voice soars above the guitar in a way reminiscient of Jeff Buckley. "Body in a Box" seems more vibrant before. Green seems to enjoy singing on this album so much more than on BMYL. It seems like this is genuinely his perfect setting, simple and elegant. "Against the Grain" is hair-raisingly beautiful.

Many will talk about his cover of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Rose Royce, but I feel that it isn't a particularly significant track, as he doesn't really make the track his own. However, the original is such a classic, it really would have to be stunning to top it. It is a decent cover, but it isn't really anything to write home about.

It all comes to a climax when "The Girl" comes on. This was already a wonderful song, and a definite highlight of the previous album, but here, it is simply mindblowing. The funny thing is, he hasn't made any major changes to the song, (apart from leaving out the last section) but with this production it seems idyllic. A picture is painted of...well, his beautiful girl. Green's soul is put on display here, from love gained ("The Girl") to love lost ("Love Don't Live Here Anymore").

In conclusion, I love this EP. This is what BMYL should have been, and it proves he has the talent to make something truly wonderful. My only critisism of it is that it isn't, well, the album. If he combined the rawness of Sometimes with the production of this EP and the songs from BMYL, I truly think he would be held in as high a regard as Buckley or Neil Young. For now though, we'll just have to listen to what could have been.



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review deserves at least one comment. Pretty good review too, although I don't quite get the fact that you seem to be down on 'Bring Me Your Love' yet have rated both releases the same (4.5).

bastard
January 16th 2009



3435 Comments


Dislike Dallas Green with a pashion, but good review.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2009



17920 Comments


the pashion of the christ

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What did he do to you Maxy?

bastard
January 16th 2009



3435 Comments


rape

AtavanHalen
January 16th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dislike Dallas Green with a pashion

'Tardom = official.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So DavID, is this better than the full-length or have you yet to give it a listen?

AtavanHalen
January 16th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard this. It's him performing tracks live.
It's really good.

pneumoniahawk93
January 18th 2009



275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I see your point, but I love the songs from BMYL so much, i just hate the production, whereas this has no new songs, but the production is better.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Interesting thought process and I suppose that considering there are no new songs here, the comparison of the production between the LP & EP are warranted. Of course, I can't really comment as I've yet to hear either release... Which is stupid since I really like Green's vocals in Alexisonfire.

AtavanHalen
January 18th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Alexis, but City and Colour is something else entirely.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 18th 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's just too many times during an Alexisonfire song where I just want what's his name (George?) to shut-up so I can hear Dallas.

AtavanHalen
January 18th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

George and Wade are the two other vocalists in Alexis. There are times where all three of them work perfectly; see Rough Hands

cirq
November 19th 2009



9263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is amazing

Hommer
June 5th 2010



52 Comments


I loved BMYL, I gotta hear this.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 27th 2011



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where his 'Live' album predominantly focused on songs from City and Colour's debut LP 'Sometimes', 'The MySpace Transmissions' EP looks towards Dallas Green's follow-up release 'Bring Me Your Love'. Unfortunately, of the 5 tracks represented, only 'The Girl' was a standout from that album, and even that is chopped in half here. Thankfully, a couple of the renditions improve on the original product, while a solid version of 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore' is also included. As always, Green's voice is a thing of sublime beauty and constantly a pleasure to listen to over these 22 minutes. Recommended Tracks: What Makes A Man?, The Girl & Body In A Box.

East Hastings
November 27th 2011



4391 Comments


"love dont live here anymore" is bliss



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