City and Colour, Little Hell

Andrew Mueller

By Andrew Mueller

on 12.21.11 in Reviews

City & Colour, a side project of ex-Alexisonfire songwriter Dallas Green, is beginning to resemble a career in its own right. Little Hell is the third album to have appeared under the City & Colour flag of convenience and is a notably restless work, exhibiting Green’s affection for Neil Young-heavy rock ‘n’ roll (“Weightless”, “Natural Disaster”) alongside the sort of flighty acoustic ballads that give his tremulous, Jeff Buckley-ish voice space to soar (“Northern Wind”, “O’Sister”). Best of all is his splitting of that difference on opening track “We Found Each Other in the Dark,” a lapsteel-laced wonder that recalls Drive-By Truckers at their more stately.