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on 11 January 2008
this is an excellent album, from the first song it is intriguing and mesmerising. the songs have clever lyrics and music box style music with a dark twist. this is quite unlike anything i've heard in the past few years, totally refreshing and a joy to listen to over and over again.
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on 6 January 2012
I bought 'You and I', their latest album, earlier in the year and enjoyed it so much, I wanted to hear more from The Pierces. This earlier album is simply delightful to listen to. Each song is a 'favourite' already, I love it and recommend to anyone that they should add this beautiful collection of songs to their personal play list. They are like no one else.. it is modern, clever, witty, simply lovely to listen to. Buy it! And if you have not got 'You and I' yet, get that too.
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on 4 June 2013
The Pierce's latest offering, You and I, is directly targeting commercial breakthrough after their near break-up around the time of 13 Tales, so it is highly produced and very romantic, with lots of ultra-lush harmonies. And nothing that might be called remotely inappropriate in the lyrics. This one's different, as is suggested by all the snake-trees in the artwork. The girls are being coy, naughty and a little dark: e.g. Boring, Sticks and Stones, Lights On, Ruin. The lovely harmonies are not abandoned, but this time we have a little edge to the material. And it certainly makes for a delightful listening experience. Very classy and delicious. You definitely need to YouTube the video for "Turn on Billie". The closer "Go to Heaven" is absolutely marvelous, and definitely takes you where it promises. Oh, and the question mark in the review title is there for a reason: I doubt that the Pierces could be truly dark if they tried... but they sure know how to flirt with darkness...
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on 28 January 2016
maybe i'm being premature and will feel bad if i perservere with trying to listen to this... but comparedd to the pierce's last album- i got this with high expectation- and was so disapointed- i just could not remember one track after the other- nothing grabbed my attention- and it felt bland- also with another disappointment being no lyrics in the liner notes for the songs... maybe it will grow on me? i am sorry- but i do think the pierces improved over the years
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on 24 October 2014
I first encountered The Pierces as a support band for Lissie back in 2010 and they made both a visual and musical impact with their harmonies and engaging, if sometimes quirky, songs. They had just released 'You and I', probably their commercial breakthrough in the UK, and some of the more radio friendly tracks are great pop songs. '13 Tales Of Love And Revenge' is a less heavily produced album and contains its fair share of the more quirky songs. The album kicks off with the dark 'Secret' and moves on to the lyrically intriguing 'Boring' ( "Sexy boy, Girl on girl, Ménage à trois - Boring. Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin - Boring" ). The theme of the songs continues throughout the thirteen tracks.

Certainly worth a listen and a good insight to the roots of The Pierces music. Less commercial than 'You and I' and their latest release 'Creation' so be prepared for something different.
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VINE VOICEon 11 April 2007
If The Pierces weren't two fantastically photogenic sisters (one of whom is stepping out with one of The Strokes) would there be quite the buzz around this album?

Maybe, maybe not. But whilst the clamour may well focus more than a little on the sister's beauty it would be a shame if that was all they were remembered for. Thirteen Tales Of Love & Revenge isn't a perfect knock-out album by any means, but it IS a very good one.

Sure it never seems to quite know what it's supposed to be as a collective whole, but it's a long time since the "concept" of an album has meant all that much to the world at large isn't it?

Thus the wonderfully misleading "dance beat meets Bond theme" single Boring can sit nicely alongside the alt-rock posturing of Sticks and Stones or the distinctly understated Ruin. All three are distinctly different tracks, but all three are also very good.

Boring may be the funniest single in years (by anyone) and is sung with such fantastic detachment ("Sexy boy/Girl on girl/Ménage a trois/Boring!") that anyone who is stupid enough to think they are being serious might just be able to persuade you that they are. As alluded to earlier though its hardly a representative taster for the album at large.

Indeed such is the kaleidoscope of sounds attempted on the album the last thing you could ever call it, even when the attempts don't quite come off - such as the addition of a fairly strong country "twang" to Lights On, is boring.

They've quite clearly upped their game from the folk-pop stylings of their previous efforts and they can but be applauded for that. Ignore all the press more focused on their looks and just appreciate a wonderful pop record.
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on 13 November 2011
Clever musical and self confident, humourous in a clever dry way, you feel like you'd like to sit in a bar with them drinking beer and wisecracking-they know how to arrange a song to make it interesting but without getting in the way-I fear the latest album has been 'blandified' by the Coldplay producer (blandest band in the world) and the music industry for mass consumption, but what do I and enjoy this album...
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on 14 August 2011
This album is one of the most refreshing and charming albums I have purchased in a very long time. The songs, all written or co-written by the Pierce sisters are enchanting and enthralling.

Allison and Catherine Pierce have sublime voices and immense talent. There is not a single song on this album I do not love! They are all moving and in some ay, an experience.

Stop reading and buy it.
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on 19 December 2013
I utterly LOVE this album. You will be washed by Angelic Voices with harmonies to soften your psychological shield... and as you relax, the Pierces will live up to their name - they will pierce you with bitter, dark, twisted, emotionally literate 'truth'... They will plung in the knife, smiling with every thrust, as they open up the dark psyche of what it is to be a real human. This is art - high art - delivered with perfect artistry.
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on 30 May 2012
Bought 'You and I' first which was on almost permanent play-even the other half loved it and he usually thinks my taste in music to be suspect. I wasn't too sure when I first played 'Tales' because it is so different. It is deliciously wicked and refreshing. Need to hear more from these sisters.
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