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Album Review

The Pierces — sisters Allison and Catherine — hail from Alabama where they were home schooled and developed a taste for country music. When their self-titled country debut bombed, they moved to New York City, started hanging out with the singer/songwriter crowd and developed a style that blossoms like a bouquet of deadly nightshade. On Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge the arrangements are part folk-rock, part new-new wave, part pure pop, but they don't sound like they were slapped together in an attempt to find commercial success. They all keep the spotlight where it belongs — on the songs and the sisters' wickedly understated delivery. "Secret" is a threatening waltz about hidden truths accented by a drunken calliope and the provocative tag line "two can keep a secret if one of them is dead. "Boring" is an ironic new wave gypsy stomp that delivers a deadpan list of everything that makes life so difficult for the jaded. "Lights On" is Prince-lite, a slow jam with breathy harmonies, salacious ambisexual lyrics and plenty of nasty humor. "Ruin" casts a hex on a former lover; its venomous lyric balanced by a bubbling mix of glockenspiel, glistening electric guitar and succulent sibling harmonies. "Kill! Kill! Kill!" is a bouncy vaudevillian number that celebrates the intoxicating qualities of a love/hate relationship, while "Boy in a Rock and Roll Band" is a seductive romp with a '20s feel, brimming over with sly sexuality. "Go to Heaven" is a shameless song of sexual love with a late-'50s, early-'60s doo wop-meets-girl group sound, dripping with gorgeous harmony vocals. The Pierces manage a difficult feat here, sounding sexy without being coy, and threatening without falling back on the usual femme fatal stereotypes. The 13 pretty pills they deliver may be poisonous, but they're easy to swallow. ~ j. poet, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Masterpiece

Words can't even begin to describe how insanely good this album is. Each song tells a different story with unique musical arrangements, amazingly harmonic vocals and great lyrics. Can't really pick the best songs because each song is unique and different and what's even greater about this album is that aside from the fact that there are so many different musical instruments and arrangements to listen to, is that there isn't one song in this album that could be considered a 'filler'. Every song is unique and could stand as a single on its own. Amazing album. It's a shame it hasn't been promoted enough and hasn't reached the level of success it deserves. Hopefully, with the release of their newest album "You & I" next month under a major label, The Pierces will become household name and people will listen to this album as well. Personal favorites (not in order): Secret, Boring, Sticks & Stones, Turn On Billie, Ruin, Three Wishes, Go To Heaven. A must-buy album.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Pierces -- comprised of photogenic sisters Catherine and Allison -- took root in the siblings' hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Home-schooled by their musician father and painter mother, the Pierce girls were encouraged in the arts from a young age, and quickly learned to play guitar and harmonize. Though they both became accomplished ballerinas, by 1995 Catherine and Allison had left dance to attend Auburn University and play music. Sony soon took interest in the duo's sound, and the Pierces...
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