Artist: City and Colour
Album: Bring Me Your Love
Year of Release: 2007
Why I like this artist:
Sometimes there are artist that you not only fail to get exposed to but you also don't come across them in any natural way. Sometimes when your musical well runs dry you just break down and LOOK for something to fill that void! Sometimes you look in the most vapid of places to find them! I wish I could say that I found City and Colour aka Dallas Green in some magical moment of surprise, a "What is this music in the background" WOW moment, but "Nope", I found him searching on myspace and clicked on that name out of many! Whoot! Searching on myspace may have to go in my music confessions thread! I can say that the moment I heard him my search was over and I was majorly impressed.
Now, in this list were only the major heatseekers on myspace and while looking I realized why an artist I had never heard of was on that list. Dallas Green is the vocalist for a somewhat popular screamo band that I had seen there album covers before but never heard before. I'm still a novice to their music. After hearing my first song from Dallas as City and Colour I couldn't believe the contrast! Next to Anberlins vocals I had never heard vocals so pure by a male artist (outside of pop and R&B). There is no rough edges, cracks or scars at all! In fact, being in the same style essentially as Damien Rice and David Ford he definitely wins hands down on vocals and doesn't lose ground to them in musicianship as well! Here is the first video and second video I saw of him on myspace and my gateway to buying his 1st c.d.!:
Now, while I really like that 1st c.d. "Sometimes" it was just the gateway to City and Colour and my full blown obsession would start with the c.d. I'm reviewing in this thread, 'Bring Me Your Love"! I have to add one interesting note to this first which is my favorite City and Colour song is not on that c.d.! In fact, "BMYL" was a gateway c.d. as well! It made me go back to buy C & Cs live c.d. which has this gem that tops my Ipods most played list! The song is a bare piano version of his band Alexisonfires song "Happiness By The Kilowatt" (which Dallas wrote)! His solo version gives me the chills while the original is not bad at all! In fact, I'm reevaluating why I haven't gave the band more of a listen! For a comparison of styles I'll play both versions!
Alexisonfire (completely different vocals for a heavier band)
Wow! Sorry, indulgent annoying pandering on my part! I love that song but to love a song is one thing but to love a WHOLE album is another thing altogether! So here is.....
Why I love this c.d.:
Do you want to know how much I listen to "Bring Me Your Love"? NO YOU DON'T! Let's just say that it's dominated without a question the last two years of my musical life. It was honestly a slow build to my addiction but it crept in like the best of albums do. I swear most of my favorites do that. it's a sneaky thing! The production on this album was definitely different than the first. The music on this album was purposely made to sound under produced and have a minimalist tone. It really works perfectly. This album is so simple lyrically, vocally and musically. The arrangements are still enrapturing and the melodies are as addicting. As Chris Carraba has mastered in Dashboard Confessional, simple lyrics can spark the deepest emotions. The only difference here is Dallas does it without be frantic and rushed. He does it effortlessly and let's you ride the wave that he's on as this album even in it's darkest corners is as inviting as a warm fire!