You & I CD
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Fourth studio album by New York based sisters Catherine and Allison Pierce containing the singles ''You'll Be Mine' and 'Glorious'. The album follows on from their 2007 release 'Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge' and is produced by Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and Rik Simpson..
There was a time when adroitly crafted, adult-oriented mid-tempo soft rock albums comprising bittersweet reflections on relationships turned sour pretty much defined the mainstream, notably on the back of Fleetwood Mac’s staggering late-70s success. You could argue that Adele has made the genre viable once more, but she comes from a rather different tradition. The Pierces are descendants of that polished Mac-style AOR, their lustrous harmonies and beautifully executed melodies sounding as though they were put together in the same LA studios that brought the world Rumours and the Bangles’ Different Light.
In fact, You & I was produced by Coldplay’s Guy Berryman, who has managed to make The Pierces seem as Californian as it’s possible for two sisters from Alabama who currently reside in hip NYC district Williamsburg to get. He’s also pulled off that difficult trick of making them sound classic yet timeless. Opener You’ll Be Mine harks back to an era you can’t quite pinpoint with its gorgeous hooks and mellow-tinged-with-sorrow air. It is the standout here but this is by no means a one-track affair. You & I is a consistent, strong collection featuring lush, full arrangements and one torrid three-minute melodrama after another (although in a recent interview Catherine Pierce declined to say how many of their songs are about her ex-fiance, Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes). Glorious is an infectious jangle whose deeply unfashionable sentiment (“God bless the world, it’s so glorious”) rings with hippie ennui.
This is the sort of music an ex-member of The Go-Go’s might make after they grew up and became weary yet wise. Most of the time the girls sound like a stereo Stevie Nicks singing in a higher register, but on Kissing You Goodbye, which is so Bangles-cover-California-Dreamin’ it’s potentially litigious, there is a Susanna Hoffs-ian tremulousness to their voices. Space & Time is the husky, dusky, David Lynch-dark one. Drag You Down is the sultry one that proves these aren’t pop puppets, they’re girls with attitude. And I Put Your Records On is the one designed to up their cred with the alt-country brigade. Throughout, there are unexpected melodic twists and turns, and the whole thing feels like a bid for commercial acceptance, if indeed the market for this classy music even exists anymore.
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Can't wait to listen to it through headphones...lots of complex details.
A dreamy,harmonious CD of eleven songs by relative newcomers Catherine and Allison Pierce,two gorgeous-looking girls from Alabama.Catherine has the more dominant personality and voice of the two,but they both blend together like honey and cream,producing a sound both sad and happy in equal measure.
My almost favourite,Love You More,is the most catchy on the album.We Are Stars is very beautiful,with its yearning lyrics and melody you could drown in....it's a hard decision between this song and Love You More,for my favourite.
Glorious is the track I heard on the radio,on a Sunday morning.It caught my ear due to the melody and lovely harmonies.I find myself singing it at odd moments and relating to some of the lyrics.
A great package of precious songs which should be cherished in record collections everywhere.
Derivative as the resulting album sounds, somehow it doesn't matter, as the sheer assault of lush power pop laced with glorious harmonies and heartbreaking melancholia is simply irresistible. The songwriting quality is high throughout, all but one of the eleven tracks having been penned by one or both of the Pierce sisters, Alison and Catherine. Songs like 'You'll Be Mine', 'Glorious' and 'Kissing You Goodbye' are drenched in a sunny Californian MOR sheen. While that phrase in itself might condemn this album with the kiss of death for many listeners, if anything were to rehabilitate the genre, the glorious 40 minutes of You And I deserves to play a significant part.
While Pierce afficionados may bemoan the fact that the band's earlier sound has been lost underneath several coats of Dulux non-drip gloss, for those discovering them for the first time, there is little to dislike on this album once prejudices have been put aside. Radio 2 programmers must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of amply fleshed-out playlists. For the rest of us, The Pierces have delivered a splendid no-frills slice of quality pop music, and these days that's no mean feat, and no bad thing.
Three albums in, their harmony-filled folk-rock had failed to turn critical acclaim into commercial success and they'd had "the chat" about breaking up the band.
Then fate stepped forward in the unlikely shape of Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman.
A long-time admirer, Berryman convinced them to fly over to London to record an album in Coldplay's studio. The result is "You & I": a collection of radio friendly tracks that nod to Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas & the Papas and Dixie Chicks.
Built on the sisters' close harmonies, the songs cover the usual folk-rock references: love, regret and betrayal. If that doesn't sound particularly innovative, it isn't. But what The Pierces lack in originality they more than make up for in their knack with a lilting melody and poison-flecked lyric.
The opener "You'll Be Mine" combines haunting vocals with driving acoustic guitar, while "I Put Your Records On" manages to be melancholic without being melodramatic - a rare feat for a country ballad.
Not everything is so successful.
"Close My Eyes" is so close to Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac that Stevie Nicks should really be given a songwriting credit, while folky fundamentalists will find it all too mainstream.
No matter: with a hit-filled album such as this, The Pierces won't be thinking about calling it quits again for some time yet. R. Pearson
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son introduced me to their music. I enjoy the apt succinct lyrics. M.Published 3 months ago by M
CD arrived on time and intact. Very happy with CD and delivery.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really cool album. I like these two lasses and their sound.Published 11 months ago by Spookylabrador