Album Review: City And Colour - The Hurry And The Harm

city-and-colour-the-hurry-and-the-harm-music-connectionCity and Colour / The Hurry and The Harm / Dine Alone Records / Producer: Alex Newport / Score: 8 out of 10

On this, City and Colour’s fourth installment, Dallas Green and company dip back into folkier songwriting with heavy Americana undertones. This is a collection of singer-songwriter roads paved with heavy-hearted lyrics about various topics—and the first release since Green’s departure from Canadian hardcore outfit, Alexisonfire. The earnest “Of Space And Time” discusses his departure, while “Paradise” draws nostalgia for Bring Me Your Love. Instead of wearing all the hats, Green rounded up an indie super-outfit this time around, including Dead Weather’s Jack Lawrence on bass, My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster on keys, Spencer Cullum on pedal steel and Matt Chamberlain and James Gadson on drums. Well done.        –Andy Mesecher