On Disc: City and Colour

Album: Bring Me Your Love

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Bring Me Your Love by City and Colour

City and Colour
Bring Me Your Love
Vagrant Records

3 stars

It’s not often that a member of a popular group goes solo and ends up being more successful than the band he originated from. Dallas Green of vaunted screamo outfit Alexisonfire has done just this.

In Bring Me Your Love, despite often falling into the same old signature vocal line (holding one note and then quietly hitting two shorter ones descending in pitch), Green brings a diversity that was seriously lacking in his first solo release, Sometimes.

This is due in part to more creative instrumentation and a willingness to step outside his familiar zone. What Green lacks in optimism he makes up for with the kind of angst-ridden irony that hasn’t been done as well since the days of Kurt Cobain.

Lines like “Here’s to living life, miserable” only retain their charm through the vaunted quality of Green’s voice and the album’s impressive production values. The record is convincingly emotional and a great improvement from the solo artist’s debut.

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