Just when we thought Dallas Green of City and Colour was returning to his barebones roots after hearing “Of Space and Time,” he hits us with this genre-defying number. “Thirst” is slated to be released on his forthcoming album The Hurry and the Harm, out on June 4th. The song starts you off with a grunge-tinged blues riff and the lyrics “When I think of fates worse than death” and from then on, you know that they mean business.
The lyrical tones throughout the song are consistent with its first line, dark and brooding. Green’s singing has changed minutely from album to album, and it sounds like he gains confidence with every effort he puts forth and his voice seems to soar higher and higher as a result. He has come a long way from the whispery style of Sometimes and that is culminated here in “Thirst,” at least for now, since we cannot be sure that he won’t top himself later on with another song from the album. Dallas does a great job of creating a story with his lyrics, very reminiscent of “Fragile Bird” and this is a style of songwriting that befits him greatly.
The song structure of “Thirst” is unique in that it blends two of the styles we have seen from C&C, like I mentioned earlier: the chordy feel of “Fragile Bird” makes an appearance, but the chorus is very melodic and reminiscent of his earlier work. The switch from either style is not drastic by and means; in fact it is more on the subtle side, but it is something that makes this song a little better than it already is. As a whole the song is solid, but there is not a moment that outshines the rest. This is something Green has been lending himself towards a lot more lately – take for instance the end of “Little Hell” or the final bridge in “Of Space and Time.” These moments seem to eclipse the rest of the song, in fact the songs seem like they’re almost exclusively there to build up to them; though the songs would still be good without them, these moments push them over the top. That quality is absent in “Thirst,” and this absence is more of a calling card to his Bring Me Your Love style of songwriting, but in this case with a Little Hell musical approach.
Overall we see subtle growth and evolution as Dallas and his boys continue to provide solid effort after solid effort. City and Colour is definitely solidifying themselves a trademark sound and “Thirst” is a great addition to their calling card. Now we wait, “Gracefully cursed” until The Hurry and the Harm releases, or another single drops. Until then, this should hold over our ears for a while.