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Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge

The Pierces

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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

Secret

I heard Secret on Pretty Little Liars and loved it.

I've got a secret...

Sadly, I did not discover The Pierces until I went over to perform in Italy last year. Their song "Sticks and Stones" was on HEAVY rotation on Italian MTV. I loved the song and as soon as my tour finished and I got back to the states I downloaded their entire CD. I love the fact that they were not a carbon copy of everything else playing on the radio and they had their own unique niche. Their songwriting is amazing! Later two of their songs were featured on Gossip Girl.

The Secret's Out

This album is amazing! The range of songs is amazing, from the upbeat ones like, Kill!Kill!Kill!, lies or Sticks and Stones, to the quieter ones like, Go To Heaven. Boring is quite humorous, while Secret is superbly eerie. These girls have done an amazing job! And although you can hear Southern influences in their music, they've done something all their own. Who do they sound like? I really don't know. Every song is really different.

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...
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