City and Colour has always been known for their acoustic style of indie rock, but Dallas Green has changed it up in his new album If I Should Go Before You. The album still has a presence of acoustics, but Green brings himself into a new territory by adding this element to his music. The concern was that Green would lose some of his old style from previous projects, but he does well with combining the old and the new.
“Woman” is one of the longer songs on the album, clocking in at nine minutes, but it is a track that deserves attention even with the time commitment. The song begins with a piercing guitar solo that progress into Dallas Green’s singing. The synths in the background give a sense of loneliness by the distortion they cause in the background of the track.
“If I Should Go Before You” sounds similar to surf rock. The guitars roll along with the song instead of sounding singular. Green has one of his stronger vocal performances on this track as his voice sweeps through the song like a gentle breeze.
“Wasted Love” has elements that aren’t exactly similar, but they come together beautifully. The rusty, unpolished guitar rips through the track and bites hard especially during the solo. Dallas Green’s vocals are light, but do not sound like they are being washed out by the brash guitar.
“Lover Come Back” is a song for those longing Green’s acoustic material. There is still a presence from the electric guitars, but they are backed by the gentle strumming of the acoustic guitar. The piano is a nice touch to the song because it adds depth in the background.
It is interesting to see the transition from acoustic to electrical for Dallas Green. Those looking for the softly strum songs from Little Hell and Bring Me Your Love will be surprised by the changes that Green made to his music. The electric guitars is an exciting addition because of how well Green utilizes them on the album. Shying away from a comfort zone is usually difficult for an artist this far into their career, but Green proves it to be an easy transition.
– Sean Lynch