Earlier this year, Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) and City and Colour
's Dallas Green announced their new folk duo You+Me, which they formed after- years of friendship and mutual musical admiration (Moore even gave birth to her first child while listening to City and Colour). After releasing three singles to mostly positive reception, the duo is set to release their first full-length album rose ave.
via RCA on October 14th.
Despite decent feedback for singles like Capsized
and Break the Cycle
, rose ave.
fails to impress. It's not that Moore and Green lack chemistry—their voices are masterfully harmonized throughout most of the record—the songs themselves lack a sort of authenticity.
That said, the highpoint of the album comes early with "From a Closet in Norway," the second track, and one of the only songs that captures the soulfulness and sincerity in Moore's voice, rather than merely showcasing her vocal range. "Love Gone Wrong," on the other hand has the chord progressions of a family-friendly version of "The Devil Makes Three," and ends up sounding like a really strong American Idol
audition—technically good, but oh-so boring.
Were it not for P!nk and City and Colour's already-huge audiences, it's safe to say the album would be lost deep inside someones dusty, nameless Bandcamp account. Certainly You+Me do not lack talent or creativity—plenty of unknown Bandcamp folk singers are talented and highly creative—but rose ave.
offers no Earth-shattering musical breakthroughs. Maybe thats okay, though. You+Me wasn't formed to cater to audiences—Moore can do that as Pink—but rather to fulfill her and Green's own musical interests, which, I guess, involve basic folk singing. Nevertheless, the music sounds like P!nk. Moore's voice is louder and clearer for literally the entire album, which almost sounds like a series of forgettable slow songs on P!nk albums past. In fairness, Green does well supplementing Moore's voice with his own, which helps homogenize the album at least to be consistently unexciting.
The record closes with "No Ordinary Love," a vaguely R&B-sounding track that is as cliché as it is pleasantly calming. It's a strong closer for an album with such an uninspiring beginning and middle.