Little Hell is the perfect album for anyone who is going through a difficult time. In the first song on the album, “We Found Each Other In The Dark,” Dallas Green’s voice is swanky, dark, romantic and hopeful all at the same time. “Natural Disaster” provides a look at the problems in the world with high-spirited guitars instead of dealing with it in a depressing manner. In contrast to the upbeatness of the previous piece, “The Grand Optimist” brings down the mood and tells Green’s story and one may be surprised with how much they relate to Green. The title track is equipped with a full band and brings out the thought of a little hell that may or may not be escapable is embedded within all of us. Leaning away from the sorrowful mood, “Fragile Bird” keeps the full band and digs itself under the skin as the hardest track on the albums.
The second half of the album starts off with poetic lyrics on “Northern Wind” and an internal monologue in “O’ Sister.” Both “Weightless” and “Sorrow Man” have a frustrated, lost and hurt feel to them. “Silver And Gold” has pretty melodies and all, but the connection wasn‘t there for me. “Hope For Now” blows up with strong drums about halfway into the tune to complete this ballad of not only wanting to save someone else, but also yourself.
Overall, City And Colour’s Little Hell is that album that will make you feel even when you can’t or don’t want to feel anything at all.
In A Word: Emotive