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For its genre, only beaten by his own unreleasedwork.
on January 22, 2006
I love Alexisonfire.. mainly when Dallas sings. I've also always had a soft spot for honest singer-songwriters like James Taylor. So when I found out several years ago that Dallas had written his own solo material, I swallowed up everything that I could. Finally, he's officially released an LP, and in places where I could actually buy it. Like Neverending White Lights' album, this isn't about singles or flash; it's honest, stripped-down songwriting, and that's a good thing - it lets the incredible power and genius of Dallas' songs shine through. Songs like "Hello, I'm in Delaware," "In The Water I Am Beautiful," "Day Old Hate," "Sam Malone," and "Comin' Home" all are built upon strong, laid-back country-bluegrass inspired melodies and countermelodies - oftentimes on the same guitar. Layered overtop are honest lyrics that usually never feel sappy, and, for the most part, strike true with interesting turns of phrase. However, in some occasions, lyrics and rhymes can seem a little forced, and the overall pace of the album is kept more laid-back and bouncy. This, however, isn't a knock at Dallas; he wrote the perfect songs to balance out the album in such internet-download favourites as "So Low," "The Sleeping Sickness," "Urgency," and "When She" - all songs that I think would have balanced this album out a little better.
All in all, it's tied with Neverending White Lights' "Act I" and My Epiphany's "Mirabilia" for the title of Best CD of 2005, and it may have won if it had been released in my burned uber-version of this CD, where I added the four aformentioned songs.