City and Colour
(Bedlam society/Dine Alone)
We’ve all dreamt of being rock stars: the proverbial sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. But few bother to dream of the work that is required of a band to get to that point. Alexisonfire has toured relentlessly in pursuit of getting its brand of screamo heard by the masses. When people discuss AOF, it almost always boils down to “I love the singing but hate the screaming.” In Alexisonfire, the screamer is George Petit and the singer is Dallas Green, who has released one of the best albums of the year, Sometimes, under the moniker of his side project City and Colour. This album couldn’t be further from the organized chaos of Alexisonfire — here the production is sparse and minimal, allowing Green’s voice to take centre stage, gripping with its taut and haunting immediacy. It’s a perfect late-night driving record, apt from a guy who spends so much time on the road. For some, those moments of solitude can be dark, depressing and haunting. For others, and apparently Green, they can be profoundly inspirational. It is in these lonely hours that special things can happen. Tracks such as “Comin’ Home,” “Sam Malone” (yes, Sam Malone of Cheers) and the title track “Sometimes (I Wish)” reflect Green’s talents as both singer and songwriter, allowing the listener to ride shotgun during those long lonely hours on the road. From the moment that the play button is pressed, this album latches on and refuses to let go. This is a record that you might very well wear out in the first week of owning it. Sometimes one word sums it up nicely: WOW.