Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
Record label: Polydor
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Catherine and Allison Pierce's fifth record is, to all intents, a drug album: it was shaped by the Alabama sisters' experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca, which they used after finishing the promotion of their breakthrough 2011 LP, You & I. The disappointment is that none of their psychedelic epiphanies have surfaced in the music. That's not to deny Creation's loveliness – it's an uplifting vocal-harmony set that documents the end of one romantic relationship and the start of another.
The Pierces, an Alabama duo consisting of sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce have largely specialized in a broad yet specific brand of modern folk. At times their strum-heavy aesthetic has been haloed by studio sheen and digital filigree, but never enough to completely obscure the bucolic center of the pair’s sound. The Pierces – up till now – have crafted acoustic music, regardless of all the plastic-y production that has swirled around it.
The Pierces' first album in three years, 2014's Creation, is an impeccably produced release that once again highlights the New York-based sister duo's quirky, passionate pop sound. The group's fifth studio album, Creation follows up 2011's You & I. Creation also comes in the fertile wake of the group's song "Secret" (off 2007's Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge), gaining popularity as the theme to the ABC Family TV series Pretty Little Liars.
Apparently Alabama sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce, now resident in LA, enlisted the help of a shaman and took ayahuasca to find their way to this, their fifth full-length offering. The tactic paid off, lending a slightly darker edge to their country-tinged MOR pop songs, but overall this record is much like its predecessor, 2011's You & I. The duo's USP is their lovely harmonising, evident throughout and much to the fore on numbers such as The Devil Is a Lonely Night and the pretty, minor-key I Can Feel.
The fifth album from Alabama sister act Allison and Catherine Pierce has been a long time coming. While it has only been three years since the duo released their fourth – and most commercially successful – record, 2011’s You & I, follow-up Creation was initially set for release in 2013. That was then put back until earlier this year after the sisters felt that early cuts of songs were lacking in the emotion department.