11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alabama-rooted sisters Catherine and Allison Pierce are experiencing the “big in Japan” curse that so many American artists struggle with (in their case, they're big in Britain). Just as the sisters were about to throw in the towel after their third record was undeservedly neglected, Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman asked the duo to tour with his band. Next thing you know, he’s working with the sisters in the studio, and You and I is hitting the U.K. charts. The sisters’ charming, folkified songs and glowing harmonies get a polishing here, with the calliopes and sitars of their previous record vanishing in favor of more focused arrangements with guitars, drums, and occasional strings, and much of the dark driven out. They handle this more commercial flavor as well as they did their rough-edged, woodsy wackiness, and some of the melodies are just deadly. “Kissing You Goodbye” feels like The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreaming” on steroids, and the modest U.K. hit “Glorious” is a curiously uplifting anthem. (It was written by New York artist James Levy, with whom Allison appears on the beautiful James Levy & The Blood Red Rose album Pray to Be Free.)

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alabama-rooted sisters Catherine and Allison Pierce are experiencing the “big in Japan” curse that so many American artists struggle with (in their case, they're big in Britain). Just as the sisters were about to throw in the towel after their third record was undeservedly neglected, Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman asked the duo to tour with his band. Next thing you know, he’s working with the sisters in the studio, and You and I is hitting the U.K. charts. The sisters’ charming, folkified songs and glowing harmonies get a polishing here, with the calliopes and sitars of their previous record vanishing in favor of more focused arrangements with guitars, drums, and occasional strings, and much of the dark driven out. They handle this more commercial flavor as well as they did their rough-edged, woodsy wackiness, and some of the melodies are just deadly. “Kissing You Goodbye” feels like The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreaming” on steroids, and the modest U.K. hit “Glorious” is a curiously uplifting anthem. (It was written by New York artist James Levy, with whom Allison appears on the beautiful James Levy & The Blood Red Rose album Pray to Be Free.)

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About The Pierces

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 moved to Nashville to record their self-titled debut album. Appearing in 2000, The Pierces was a slick blend of folk harmonizing and adult alternative textures. Unfortunately, the record quickly disappeared due to a lack of label support. Moving to New York City, the Pierces worked day jobs, continued writing songs, and performed acoustically at clubs and residences around town. The perseverance paid off in the form of a new record deal -- this time with Universal Music Group -- and the release of another album, 2005's Light of the Moon. Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge followed in 2007, and the Pierces made a cameo appearance on the All-American Rejects' third album, When the World Comes Down, in late 2008. Three years later, the duo returned with the Darktones-produced You & I. In 2014, the Pierces delivered their fifth studio album, Creation, featuring the single "Kings." ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Birmingham, AL
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • FORMED
    2000

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