City and Colour, Sometimes

Dallas Green's debut solo acoustic record is a complete change from his screamo/hardcore day job with Alexisonfire. Sometimes was recorded while Alexisonfire was off from touring, though most of the songs were written back when he was in high school. But instead of sounding like a dreadful teenage poetry reading, Green pulls off this set of intimate, melancholy love songs with complete sincerity and care. Production wise, Green's safe arrangements benefit from the glossed-over sound found here, as his guitar chimes with every strum, and his voice is clearly nuanced with heartache and hope. Despite Green's clear talent for crafting delightful acoustic ballads, Sometimes does lull about halfway through due to similar sounding tracks. City and Colour is (hopefully) an outlet that Green will return to sooner than later so he can further develop his promising folk songs. (Dine Alone Records)

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