Sound — 8
Dallas Green (of alexisonfire fame) shines on another one of his excellent solo albums but in a different light this time. While the basic premise of City and Colour is a man and his guitar, Dallas manages to bring more instruments and a different sound from his debut album Sometimes. On Bring Me Your Love the sound is much more raw than the polished Sometimes. highly their natural bpolished Sometimes, the (mostly acoustic) guitars can be heard in eauty. What is different this time is the extra emphasis on other instruments. Dallas invites a drummer, plays harmonica, and one song features what seems to be a choir. While all of this makes the sound a little less intimate than on Sometimes, I can't say that I loved all of it but it does complement him on some songs. As I said before the sound is rawer (on some songs guitar work sounds like it's just being recorded straight through a mic which isn't bad) but there are some very nice touches and effects added. While I found myself longing for his old sound on certain songs, the album has certainly grown on me and I haven't been able to put it down.
Lyrics — 9
On this album you can instantly recognize Dallas's signature piercing vocals that in my opinion counter the rawer feel of this album very well. Though on some songs (for example Confessions) he decides to sing in what seems to be a lower register and it sounds like he is trying too hard and just doesn't fit too well (as a side note for those of you that have his live album, Confessions isn't nearly as powerful on this album). On most songs he generously utilizes reverb which adds a very nice touch. This time around the lyrics are much more about Dallas himself, his conflicts, his troubles within himself, and his views on life. In another interesting move Dallas invites Gordon Downie (of Tragically Hip fame) to sing on one of his songs (Sleeping Sickness) which was one of the more gripping songs on the album. Overall the sound is more of the same (which in this case is a good thing) and the content is unique and always emotionally powerful.
Overall Impression — 9
It's almost not fair to compare this album to Sometimes as they are very similar yet so different. Both are excellent albums and must haves for any Dallas Green fan. While this album has its definite high points it also has some ehh alright songs. The definite highlights of the album are The Girl, Body in a Box, and Sleeping Sickness, but there aren't any "bad" songs (Constant Knot comes close though). A great album and I am looking forward to his next project.