Little Hell (album)

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Little Hell
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 7, 2011
RecordedJanuary – February 2011
StudioCatherine North Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genre
Length47:27
LabelDine Alone, Vagrant
ProducerAlex Newport
City and Colour chronology
iTunes Live: SXSW (Live in Austin, TX/2011)
(2011)
Little Hell
(2011)
The Hurry and the Harm
(2013)
Singles from Little Hell
  1. "Fragile Bird"
    Released: April 5, 2011
  2. "Weightless"
    Released: 2011
  3. "The Grand Optimist"
    Released: 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk.net86%[4]
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Blare3.5/5 stars[6]
Rock Sound8/10[2]
Spin7/10[7]

Little Hell is the third album by City and Colour, released on June 7, 2011. Besides Dallas Green who recorded the majority of the instrumentals himself, contributing musicians on the record include Daniel Romano of Attack in Black, Dylan Green and Scott Remila of Raising the Fawn, Nick Skalkos of The Miniatures, Misha Bower of Bruce Peninsula and Anna Jarvis and Jordan Mitchell of The Rest. The album art is an illustration of Allard Schager's photograph "Fields of Gold", taken in a tulip field outside Alkmaar in North Holland.[8]

The album received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[3] The track "Sorrowing Man" was used as the opening theme song of the Thandie Newton series Rogue during its second season, and was also used in the One Tree Hill ninth season episode, "A Rush of Blood to the Head".

Promotion and release[edit]

Green began performing the songs "O' Sister" and "Silver and Gold" live on his Canadian tour in September 2009, while most of the album was already written, although it was not recorded until January 2011. Although "O' Sister" had been confirmed by Green to be the first single, "Fragile Bird" was released instead, on April 5, 2011.[9] The music video of "Fragile Bird" was premiered on Dallas' YouTube channel on May 26, 2011.[10] On February 23, 2011, Green revealed the album's name as Little Hell.[11] On March 23, 2011, Green revealed the album's track listing and release date on his MySpace blog.[12] On May 31, 2011, a week before the release, the album was streamed for free through the websites of MTV and MuchMusic for Canadian residents. The album debuted at number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling over 20,000 copies in its first week,[13] and at number 28 on the US Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dallas Green.

No.TitleLength
1."We Found Each Other in the Dark"4:22
2."Natural Disaster"3:50
3."The Grand Optimist"4:05
4."Little Hell"4:43
5."Fragile Bird"4:17
6."Northern Wind"4:16
7."O' Sister"4:16
8."Weightless"3:32
9."Sorrowing Man"4:32
10."Silver and Gold"4:40
11."Hope for Now"4:57

Personnel[edit]

City and Colour[edit]

  • Dallas Green – vocals, guitar, piano
  • Daniel Romano – guitars, bass guitar, harmonies, pedal steel, organ, piano
  • Dylan Green – drums, percussion
  • Scott Remila – bass guitar, harmonies

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Nick Skalkos – drums on "Fragile Bird" and "Weightless"
  • Misha Bower – harmonies on "Weightless"
  • Anna Jarvis – cello on "Northern Wind" and "Silver and Gold"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 2
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 47
US Billboard 200[18] 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hogan, Mike (June 8, 2011). "REVIEW: City And Colour – Little Hell". Boston: Under The Gun Review. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Bangs, Amy (June 3, 2011). "City And Colour – Little Hell: Reviews: Rock Sound". Rock Sound. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Little Hell Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Gardner, Ryan (June 6, 2011). "City And Colour – Little Hell – Album Review". Absolute Punk. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Monger, James (June 6, 2011). "City And Colour – Little Hell – Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Khan, Joshua (5 June 2011). "REVIEW: City And Colour – 'Little Hell'". Blare. Toronto. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  7. ^ Young, Jon (June 2, 2011). "City And Colour, 'Little Hell' (Vagrant)". Spin. New York. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  8. ^ One, Allard (April 20, 2009). "Fields of Gold |". Flickr. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "The 1st single,..." Facebook. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "City and Colour – Fragile Bird". YouTube. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  11. ^ "Dine Alone Records". Dine Alone Records. Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  12. ^ "Little Hell Release Date and Track Listing Announced van city and colour op Myspace". Myspace.com. June 7, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  13. ^ Williams, John (June 15, 2011). "City and Colour shines on charts". Toronto Sun. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  14. ^ "Little Hell by City and Colour". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  15. ^ "Australiancharts.com – City and Colour – Little Hell". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "City and Colour Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "City and Colour Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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