Little Hell (album)

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Little Hell
Studio album by City and Colour
Released June 7, 2011
Recorded January – February 2011 at Catherine North Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Genre Indie rock, acoustic, folk,[1] alternative country, blues[2]
Length 47:27
Label Dine Alone, Vagrant
Producer Alex Newport
City and Colour chronology
iTunes Live: SXSW (Live in Austin, TX/2011)
Little Hell
The Hurry and the Harm
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
Source Rating
Metacritic (78/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating (86%)[4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Blare magazine 3.5/5 stars[6]
Spin (7/10)[7]
Rock Sound (8/10) [2]

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]

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 #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling over 20,000 copies in its first week,[13] and at #28 on the US Billboard 200.

Track list[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dallas Green

No. Title Length
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


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

Appearances in media[edit]

  • "Sorrowing Man" was used as the opening theme song of the Thandie Newton series, Rogue, during its second season.


  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. CBS Interactive. 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". 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". Retrieved May 26, 2011. 

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