Album Review: If I Should Go Before You | City and Colour

An eleven-track LP designed to break your expectations, City and Colour’s new LP If I Should Go Before You opens with a nine-minute ode to lost love – Woman. Filled with bone-shaking reverb and Dallas Green’s silky sounding voice, Woman is the perfect start to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s new material.

After a brief stint performing with Alecia Moore (P!nk) under the band name You+Me, Green is back with a familiar, yet heavier, sound. The album was recorded in Nashville at the iconic Blackbird Studios and you can hear a slight country influence in songs like Runaway, which contain a sound that can only be described as having ‘twang’ in them.

If I Should Go Before You steps away from Green’s usual blend of acoustic guitar and haunting lyrics, to serve up something that is much more representative of City and Colour’s live shows, for those who have been lucky enough to see the talented musician in person.

Green does not disappoint in this LP, with tracks such as the final song on the album, Blood, a perfect throwback to his acoustic roots. Blood is a soft and sorrow-filled song that relies on nothing but his vocals to carry it – and succeeds.

Delivering a complex and complete set of songs that combine to create an album that fans will be excited to hear, and will be sure to intrigue new listeners as well, If I Should Go Before You is available now. I know I’m also looking forward to seeing this album transform into a live show when City and Colour land on our shores in March 2016 for the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

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