You+Me – Rose Ave

I was unsure how I would feel about the new album from ‘You+Me’ the folk collaboration of Alecia Moore (aka PINK) & Dallas Green (aka CITY & COLOUR) I mean I like each artist individually but together? Hearing ‘Break the Cycle’ out of context didn’t help either I was still on the fence until I heard the album from start to finish in all its beautiful dark glory. First thing to note is the material is closer to Green’s band and still well within his comfort zone but it couldn’t be more removed for Moore, but for some reason their voices just work together so well and so from this unlikely pairing a new entity is born. Opener ‘Capsized’ sets the tone with a softly strummed acoustic leading into the verse and you get the first real taste of their voices ‘We were two ships in the night, Passing by in the pale moonlight and capsized’. ‘From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)’ strips the music down to just picking the song fading out on the statement ‘Seems the dying are the only ones that really know how to live’. Other instruments start to creep in as the album progresses like piano and the distinctive string arrangement on ‘Break the Cycle’ but it’s mostly about the Acoustic guitar and the vocals. Title track ‘You and Me’ picks up the pace a little but lyrically stays in the same ballpark ‘And they say everything it happens for a reason, You can be flawed enough but perfect for a person, Someone who will be there when you start to fall apart, Guiding your direction when you’re riding through the dark’ it has moments of light and hope as does the closer a perfectly picked cover of Sade’s ‘Ordinary Love’ so good in fact that it feels almost written for them.  At just ten tracks it’s pretty short but it is quality not quantity after all and as it works so well it would be a shame if it was just a onetime thing. ‘Rose Ave’ didn’t grab me at first but won me over in the end and made me long for more ethereal Folk from this new unexpected duo.


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