by Tiana Feng
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Label: Dine Alone Records
For The Hurry and The Harm Dallas Green recruited a bunch of guests including Dead Weather’s Jack Lawrence, My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster, former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain and more. At the core of it, this fourth effort sounds like the work of Dallas Green.
Compared to Little Hell, it’s more focused, deliberate sounding record. This makes sense considering this time he didn’t have all the Alexisonfire distractions. Despite all the guests Green’s voice remains the star with great articulation in his vocal delivery even when there’s a sense of airiness in the falsettos. There aren’t as many guitar solos as there were in Little Hell, it’s a bit more toned down. But it doesn’t sound anything like his first record Sometimes either. The Hurry and The Harm achieved a middle ground between the two.
There is a static feeling to The Hurry and The Harm at times since it doesn’t have all Little Hell‘s bells ans whistles and I personally feel myself turning in and out. “Thirst” is the more different tune on the album, opting for an electric guitar for the first time on seventh track. It’s usually the dark lyrics that draw me back. “There’s an elephant in the back of the room/and it’s standing in plain view/ everyone can see/that it looks just like me”. This line from “Of Place and Time” is one of many on the album that deal with soul searching and fitting in, something that listeners could personally relate to in their own way. This is more exemplified in “Paradise.”
In the end, his searching doesn’t end. The closer “Death’s Song” remains pretty ambiguous, “What becomes of me, when you stop listening?” Well, Mr. City and Colour for now doesn’t have to worry about that. There’s enough on The Hurry and the Harm to keep our ears tuned in for now.