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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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon April 27, 2015
Reviewing the VINYL version of this album...

As far as the music is concerned, this is a great album from start to finish - their (his?) best one, in my opinion. With instant acoustic classics like "Save Your Scissors" and "Coming Home", you'll have a hard time getting it out of your head. Green's vocals are a perfect accompaniment to catchy acoustic riffs and beautiful melodies.

The packaging is fantastic: 180g double LP with nice deep grooves, gatefold outer sleeve with beautiful artwork. My only gripe with this is that one of the discs came pretty badly warped and there's some pretty significant damage on the one inner sleeve - through the fault of the shipper, no doubt. Luckily the damage doesn't affect the playability of the vinyl, but I expected better, given it's a brand new album and amazon is usually pretty good with their shipping.
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on November 5, 2005
For only using two instruments, voice and acoustic guitar, this is an excellent album. A very good debut and an artist that I'm sure will only improve. Can't wait for the show Decemeber 20th.
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