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Album Review

Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green's long-tenured solo project City and Colour finally gels as a band on their strong fifth LP, If I Should Go Before You. What began as an outlet for his quieter, folk-based material eventually took the former Alexisonfire singer away from post-hardcore altogether and landed him atop the Canadian charts with a string of platinum records. In some ways, If I Should Go Before You is a culmination of the sturdy pop sound he's built up over the years that weaves through territories of dreamy indie folk, pastoral Americana, and soulful alt-rock. But unlike previous releases, which have relied heavily on a revolving door of session musicians, this time Green decided to stick with his touring band, developing these new songs from the ground up with trusted players who already share a bond. Nowhere is that bond more apparent than on the epic opener "Woman," a shimmering piece of riffy mood pop that builds slowly over nine minutes, hanging like a shared thought between its five creators. The tension continues on the pensive midnight grooves of "Northern Blues" and lies like an anxious undercurrent throughout this lovelorn, world-weary collection. More so than any of his other releases, If I Should Go Before You resembles a soul record with Green's warm, sweet tenor crooning over the tight-knit rhythm section of bassist Jack Lawrence (the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather) and drummer Doug MacGregor (the Constantines) on dark R&B-type ballads like "Killing Time" and the title cut. City and Colour take a turn toward alt-country on tracks like the lovely pedal steel-aided "Runaway" and the subtle rumbling "Map of the World" before concluding with the sparse and atmospheric closer "Blood." Most of the songs exceed the four-minute mark and the lack of an obvious single makes If I Should Go Before You feel even more like a single, lovingly crafted entity. [An LP version was also released.]

Customer Reviews

Something Lacking

I have been a huge Dallas Green fan for a long time but I just feel like the emotion is lacking on the songs I have heard so far. The big band sound just lacks something that his earlier acoustic songs provided me. His voice will always be amazing but I think I just prefer when it is just him and a guitar.

City and Colour is Great.

City and Colour is the band everyone should be talking about. In my eyes Dallas Green is one of the best musicians out there.

Can't wait!!!

I am so excited for this release!!!

I have followed Dallas since I was young, and missbunnylynn already said everything that I wanted to say first :)


Formed: 2004 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

City and Colour was the solo acoustic project of Dallas Green, also known as the singer/guitarist for the Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. Born September 29, 1980, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Green served as a member of Helicon Blue before co-founding Alexisonfire in late 2001. Despite scant radio airplay, the band developed a strong fan following on the strength of its ferocious live shows, and its 2004 sophomore LP, Watch Out!, debuted in the Canadian Top Ten. At year's end Green issued...
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