I was lucky enough to have heard the album before its release date, thanks to a full (LEGAL) preview of it on the MuchMusic website. I must have listened to it about three or four times on that free stream alone, before finally getting my hands on a copy for my birthday.
If you love City and Colour, you will not be disappointed with this album. If you don't love City and Colour, you may well be pleasantly surprised by it.
While it does have its acoustic songs, which is what City and Colour is known for, Dallas Green has branched out further this time and has experimented with more instruments and tracks that have more of a beat.
The first single off of this album, 'Fragile Bird,' is only the first example of this; it's dark, its sound is gritty, and those who are not big fans of acoustic music will get a taste of what Dallas has to offer.
Another great example is 'Weightless,' where, upon one such live performance, Dallas himself told the audience that they could, 'feel free to dance.' It's a bit heavier on the rock side than most City and Colour music, though certainly not anywhere close to Alexisonfire fare.
The lyrics, as fans (myself included) have come to expect, are beautiful and poignant. They are oftentimes sad, but what strikes me most about this album is how many times I stopped and felt a small tingle run through me as I thought, 'this is exactly what I'm going through right now.'
The title track, 'Little Hell,' specifically made me feel this way. If you are going through a tough time in your life, the lyrics will no doubt resonate on a very deep level with you.
This album is nothing less than pure and sincere -- something which so many musicians are lacking these days. Give it a listen. I'm sure you'll love it.