Album Review: "The Love Still Held Me Near" by City and Colour

Still Records/Dine Alone Records

Producers: Dallas Green and Matt Kelly

Despite their proximity, Canada and America are dissimilar countries. For example, Dallas Green is a celebrity up north but not here. The Alexisonfire guitarist deserves a brighter stateside spotlight. With City and Colour, he expresses a softer, more melancholy perspective than with that post-hardcore group. There’s hope tempering the sadness buried within each track, which makes the listening experience cathartic rather than dispiriting. – Andy Kaufmann