Now I’ve been given the gift of persistence
But it’s become a curse
Unraveling backward
In the distance I heard a dirge
I can see a man
On his face there’s no trace of time
There’s a strange and mad idea I must find

If I try to change direction
I might not find what I’m looking for
But this bitter disposition
Well now must surely run its course

~Mizzy C
City and Colour, If I Should Go Before You

Timing is a blessing sometimes, in the sense that you happen to click with an album two days prior to hearing its headlining tour. No surprise that it is from City and Colour, in the cleanest and smooth and almost jazzy-ish we’ve heard from them yet.

Dallas Green’s voice is as fragile yet shimmering with a confidence as always. There’s an extra boldness, maybe coming from the extra back-up of a full band composing these songs together. I love the emphasis on guitar solos, plugged-in ones on full, retro Gibsons.

This coming from a listener who is still wowed by “The Hurry and the Harm” all the time. I’m so so excited to see him perform for the first time at a great venue Wednesday night….and even more excited to find I may be able to make it to an in-studio live session tomorrow!! Private!! My heart may literally may explode,and I couldn’t be any happier to see fireworks.

I’m looking for a way out
For a place that no one knows
Please take me away now
Somewhere it don’t feel so cold

Troubles on my mind
Troubles on my mind
For the rest of the days I’ve cried
For the rest of the days I’ve cried

I’m searching for a paradise
That I just can’t seem to find
I’m searching for a paradise
For the time of my life

I’m searching for a paradise
That I just can’t seem to find
I’m searching for a paradise
Gonna go where the spirit guides

~Paradise

City and Colour, The Hurry and the Harm