Since his last record under solo-moniker City and Colour, Dallas Green has taken in a few stints of touring with hardcore legends Alexisonfire as well as stripping it back for some Canadian solo acoustic shows which formed a live album. That four-year gap is the longest Green has left between City and Colour albums, so what’s changed in the interim?
Honestly, not a huge amount. City and Colour has tracked an evolution from back-of-the-tour-bus acoustic numbers to a more rounded Americana engine, with a full band featuring The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence on bass amongst others. 2015 effort ‘If I Should Go Before You’ was largely built of lengthier, rockier arrangements and new LP ‘A Pill for Loneliness’ burrows further down that rabbit hole.
‘Strangers’ bustles in on chugging palm-muted chords and morose rhymes, while ‘Astronaut’ lays out under the stars in a sprawling six minutes. The anchor, as ever, is Green’s airy, unique vocal, floating over shimmering guitars and tumbling drums. While some of the tracks here can meander on a minute or so too long, Dallas will always have that one-of-a-kind voice to carry his music wherever he wants.