City and Colour
Little Hell


4.0
excellent

Review

by someguest USER (23 Reviews)
February 27th, 2012 | 36 replies | 2,081 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The moment when you discover that 'living at last' isn't as joyous as you had hoped.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

People claim to like objectivity, yet we all crave to fit in. This is why, on a website such as this one, personal reviews garner much more attention in the long run than reviews written entirely around a piece of music. Everyone here likes to make fun of one another, but the chances are the majority of us have gone through the same battles. How else could we have ended up here? Anyway, the same thing kind of happened to me with this album. As asinine as this may sound, I'd never even heard of Dallas Green before this album, or any of the projects with which he had been associated. I listened to this album for one reason: to see what a girl found to be so special in another guy.

But as it turns out, Mr. Green had strong doubts just as I do. And about many of the same things as well. We both wonder if we've found 'the one'; and even if we've found her, we deeply ponder if it will be something that can be held onto. There's also our personal faults. The notion of acting in haste and only when things get unbearable. It seems like the better certain parts of our lives get, the worse other portions become, and they threaten to destroy the core of our being. And everyone always pretends to hide how they really feel. The past haunts and holds back everyone from the truly great future they might achieve. We're all quick to point out the faults of others, but fail to recognize our own.

These lyrical and sentimental ideas are multiplied by Green's genuine songwriting. It may be sappy; it may be somewhat corny; it may be oversensitive and melodramatic. However, the one thing it isn't is forced. The vocals are delivered through a soft, higher tone creating a dwelling for the pain and a resolution for it all at once. Regardless, it isn't effeminate. It has a distinctive character to it, resembling a voice that might be heard by someone outside if nature could speak. Many of the tracks use an echo effect on the vocals, which completes this specific approach to vocal delivery very well. And to complement the vocals is an assortment of acoustic guitars, keyboards, stringed instruments, and an occasional dabble in electric guitars.

Musically, the album is centered around the acoustic guitar, with everything else being included only to enhance the effect of it. The best example of this is the steel pedal which is used on some of the tracks. The atmosphere created by its minimal input is astounding, adding a layer of desolation and loneliness unattainable without it. And again, it's just one example of how this album not only points out our fears, pain, and lack of progress as individuals, but as a community as well. We might as well be honest. Everyone will go through tough times at certain points in their lives.



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someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


I claim to be many things, but I've never been okay. And I'm okay with it.

Digging: Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West

Activista anti-MTV
February 27th 2012



3138 Comments


Very interesting album. Thanks for reviewing this. I enjoyed the write-up. Nothing controversial i c

someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


I can't be controversial all the time.

heh

Activista anti-MTV
February 27th 2012



3138 Comments


I remember Alexisonfire from along time ago... never got into them. Hafta check 'em out. What do you think?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2012



49758 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

meh

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Activista anti-MTV
February 27th 2012



3138 Comments


3 is good

someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


You're in the minority on this one, Trebor.

I remember Alexisonfire from along time ago... never got into them. Hafta check 'em out. What do you think?


I haven't listened to them at all.

Activista anti-MTV
February 27th 2012



3138 Comments


I've heard good things about 'em... we'll see.

Erratic
February 27th 2012



1120 Comments


Really enjoyed reading this.
Pos'd

someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


Thank you.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2012



4378 Comments


I've never heard of this band, but they sound interesting what kind of music do they usually play?

someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


Well I hope it's apparent in the review, but it's mainly acoustic singer songwriter kind of stuff.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
February 27th 2012



4378 Comments


I was just asking because bands tend to change styles often, but thank you. I'll have to check them out.

Activista anti-MTV
February 27th 2012



3138 Comments


Similar artists... Styx - Grand Illusion

Samshine
February 27th 2012



1035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, I saw him and his band live last month, the show was amazing.

someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


Thanks, and I bet he puts on a good show. How are the vocals live?

ThadCastle54
February 27th 2012



76 Comments


"it's just one example of how this album not only points out our fears, pain, and lack of progress as individuals"

What if none of that applies to me?

Samshine
February 27th 2012



1035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh god, i can't even begin to describe it. I mean, i've always liked him and throughout my teens, alexisonfire was in my top 5. But, never expected him to be as good as he was. He changes his pitch here and there, but in a way that works and doesn't change the idea behind it all, (if that makes sense)..

someguest
February 27th 2012



20234 Comments


I guess the high school football team creates immortals Thad.

lucasjcockcroft
February 27th 2012



3702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^he's really good, yes.



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