City and Colour
The Hurry and the Harm


3.0
good

Review

by Mark A. CONTRIBUTOR (73 Reviews)
June 5th, 2014 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A retread of past material, with some of their best individual songs.

Singer/songwriter Dallas Green has built quite the following for himself, and rightfully so. His blend of stratosphere-shattering vocals with heart-rending lyricism has the ability to resonate with a wide variety of fans, from listeners of folk music to modern pop lovers. After third release Little Hell brought more exposure to the band in the form of single "Northern Wind", they continued on in the same commercial-friendly vein with The Hurry and the Harm.

There is markedly more atmosphere in this album, as evidenced immediately in album opener "The Hurry and the Harm". The ever present acoustic guitar starts off the song after a bit of built-up distortion, but the beautiful steel guitar in the background sets off Green's crooning and ethereal vocals even more so than that of past albums. The crystal-clear production continues throughout the entirety of The Hurry and the Harm, and the first four songs breeze by beautifully without any missteps at all. "Of Space and Time" mixes a lush soundscape with hand-wringing self doubt in the lyrics and a triumphantly jangling guitar line, while "The Lonely Life" boasts the most beautiful and ear-catching chorus of the album. Unfortunately, the album slows down dramatically after that. "Paradise" relies heavily on Green's sincere vocals to succeed, but is ultimately nothing new compared to the back discography of this already-accomplished act. This is truly the album's crux, as most of the album seems to be a retread of earlier work. The going-through-the-motions ethos is the antithesis of the passion that was present on past albums and marks The Hurry and the Harm as merely enjoyable, nothing more.

It's a bit head-scratching to think that just a few years ago Green was lyrically at the top of his story-telling game with gem after gem; most tracks here seem to contain tired, overused clich├ęs. "Commentators" adopts an unnaturally (for this band, at least) peppy tone that flows awkwardly from the overpowering chorus to yawn-inducing verses. "Thirst" sounds like City and Colour trying to recreate "The Fragile Bird" from their last full-length; while it's an incredible song in its own right, it feels like a cheap imitation. When "Ladies and Gentlemen" washes over the listener with warm atmosphere and beautiful melodies, it's too late to name this the band's best release to date, but not too late to say that this still contains some of the band's best songs. It unfortunately feels like some of these were left over from Little Hell, and considering the incredible leap from second LP Bring Me Your Love to Little Hell, it was fair to expect a little more progression from this full-length release. As it stands, Dallas Green and company have created some of their best songs and continue to stand out as one of the more distinguishable alternative pop/folk acts.



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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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Initially posted on my blog; please let me know what you think.

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ShitsofRain
June 5th 2014


6465 Comments


the first and the last song are great

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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

definitely agreed on that, man. Two of best songs on display here.

ExplosiveOranges
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


4184 Comments


Nice review, dude.

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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man! I appreciate it.

ti0n
June 5th 2014


1652 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"with some of their best individual songs"

i disagree so hard it hurts

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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha that's a heavy disagreement. I love "Of Space and Time" and the title track.

Green Baron
June 5th 2014


21587 Comments


The Lonely Life is a good song

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah green, dat chorus.

Green Baron
June 5th 2014


21587 Comments


you dig alexis?

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, love them man. Watch Out! is a near-classic for me.

tommygun
June 5th 2014


25630 Comments


cool review won't bother with this little hell and bring me your love are all i need dude is kinda samey

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks tommy, yeah not a whole lot of great material. you already have their best stuff haha.

tommygun
June 5th 2014


25630 Comments


they're good, pretty, albums but rarely do enough to demand undivided attention know what i mean? like sitting down with just that music for company is a little... i don't wanna say boring but it's somewhere in that area

great great great tunes to have going in the background in most situations though

tommygun
June 5th 2014


25630 Comments


pos btw :]

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks, brother! :] yeah, although I love his voice, I think City and Colour are perfect for background music. Little Hell and BMYL are special albums to my girl and I, so I have seen Dallas in concert three times the past three years.

tommygun
June 5th 2014


25630 Comments


that sounds like a lovely time

how was he live? a few girls i know were pretty impressed by his show

cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2014


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, his voice is pretty flawless live. Dallas seems pretty down to earth and is really interactive with the audience. When we saw him last time, he had a pretty severe cold and still sounded amazing vocally. Nothing crazy happens at his shows, but that's just more because of the genre of music it is.

tommygun
June 5th 2014


25630 Comments


yea of course wasn't expecting fireworks and lasers was just interested how his voice held up on stage considering it does most of
the heavy lifting for the records

nice nice nice

tommygun
June 5th 2014


25630 Comments


double post



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