You & I (The Pierces album)

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You & I
The Pierces - You & I.jpg
Studio album by The Pierces
Released May 30, 2011
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock
Length 39:40
Label Polydor Records [1]
Producer The Darktones
The Pierces chronology
Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge
(2007)
You & I
(2011)
Creation
(2014)
Singles from You & I
  1. "You'll Be Mine"
    Released: 6 March 2011
  2. "Glorious"
    Released: 10 April 2011
  3. "It Will Not Be Forgotten"
    Released: 8 August 2011
  4. "Kissing You Goodbye"
    Released: 23 October 2011
  5. "I Put Your Records On"
    Released: 2012

You & I, stylized You&I, is the fourth full-length album by The Pierces. The album was released on 30 May 2011 in the United Kingdom. The album was produced by the production duo The Darktones, consisting of Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and Rik Simpson. On 5 June 2011, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number four.[1]

Singles[edit]

  • "You'll Be Mine" was the first single released from the album, it was released on 6 March 2011 and peaked at number 46 on the UK Singles Chart. It was written by Catherine Pierce.
  • "Glorious" was the second single released from the album, it was released on 10 April 2011 and peaked at number 102 on the UK Singles Chart. It was originally written, recorded, and released by NY musician James Levy.
  • "It Will Not Be Forgotten" was the third single released from the album, It was released on 8 August 2011. It was written by Allison Pierce.
  • "Kissing You Goodbye" was the fourth single released from the album, it was released on 23 October 2011 and the music video on 28 November 2011. It was written by Allison and Catherine Pierce.
  • A video for the last track on the record called "I Put Your Records On" (Written by Allison Pierce) was released on the 5th March 2012. It shows the group traipsing through a graveyard.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC (positive)[2]
The Telegraph 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The Independent 2/5 stars[5]
The Observer 3/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars [7]
Yahoo Music 6/10 stars[8]

You & I has garnered generally positive reviews from music critics. According to review aggregator AnyDecentMusic?, the album received an average of 6.5 out of 10, based on eleven critiques. The Guardian continued with a favorable review, citing the album as the "straight(est)" piece by the band, a calculated move, compared to their previous albums, which they praised for their "mischief": "Their tunes may now be doe-eyed and glossy, but they are still captivating. "It Will Not Be Forgotten" examines a lost love with a faraway look in its eyes, while "Love You More" is a goth-folk sweep that features Catherine's ex, Albert Hammond Jr (of Stokes fame,) on the low-slung guitar hook. Both will sound especially good in a convertible speeding down a sun-baked highway, and deserve to ring in the ears of playlisters at Radio 2. Pristine and bittersweet, "I Put Your Records On" recalls Rumer." BBC continued with praise, harking, "Kissing You Goodbye, which is so Bangles-cover-California-Dreamin’ it’s potentially litigious, there is a Susanna Hoffs-ian tremulousness to their voices. Space & Time is the husky, dusky, David Lynch-dark one. Drag You Down is the sultry one that proves these aren’t pop puppets, they’re girls with attitude. And I Put Your Records On is the one designed to up their cred with the alt-country brigade. Throughout, there are unexpected melodic twists and turns, and the whole thing feels like a bid for commercial acceptance, if indeed the market for this classy music even exists anymore." Slant Magazine states that, although the conventional air is a little off-putting at first, "the duo pulls off "conventional" just as well as they do twisted."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) {{{extra_column}}} Length
1. "You'll Be Mine" Catherine Pierce   3:23
2. "It Will Not Be Forgotten" Allison Pierce   3:52
3. "Love You More" C. Pierce   3:23
4. "We Are Stars" C. Pierce   3:47
5. "Glorious" James Levy   3:39
6. "The Good Samaritan" A. Pierce   3:19
7. "Kissing You Goodbye" A. Pierce, C. Pierce   3:00
8. "Close My Eyes" A. Pierce, C. Pierce, Roger Greenawalt   4:01
9. "Space + Time" A. Pierce Dreamlab 3:35
10. "Drag You Down" C. Pierce   4:14
11. "I Put Your Records On" A. Pierce   3:27

Personnel[edit]

  • Allison Pierce – lead & backing vocal; acoustic guitar (2,4,9-11); songwriting
  • Catherine Pierce – lead & backing vocal; songwriting
  • Rik Simpson – drum programming (1-10), keyboards (7), percussion (1,3,4); acoustic guitar & bv (3); electric guitar & bv (5); dulcimer, piano & pump organ (7); mix (5,8.10)
  • Guy Berryman – keyboards (1-3,9,11); percussion (1-5,7-10); bass guitar (1-5,7-10); electric guitar (1-4,7,8); glockenspiel (1,2,4,7); omnichord (4)
  • Matt McGinn – electric guitar (2,9,10); acoustic guitar (7)
  • James Levy – acoustic guitar (1,5); electric guitar (5)
  • Alex Levy – electric guitar (6,8); slide guitar (8)
  • BJ Cole – slide guitar (3,4,9)
  • Tom Marsh – drums (1,3,4,5,7,9,10)
  • Matt Romano – drums (1,2,8)
  • Russell Simins – drums (5,10)
  • Glenn Moule – drums (7)
  • Jon Hopkins – pump organ & keyboards (3); organ (4)
  • Davide Rossi – strings (5,8,10)
  • The Darktones (Rik Simpson & Guy Berryman) – production, recording

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 May 2011 Digital download[10] Polydor Records
CD[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radio 1 - Chart - The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart". BBC. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  2. ^ "Music - Review of The Pierces - You & I". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  3. ^ CD Reviews (2 June 2011). "The Pierces: You and I, CD review". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ Michael Hann (26 May 2011). "The Pierces: You & I – review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  5. ^ Andy Gill (2011-05-20). "Album: The Pierces, You & I (Polydor) - Reviews - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  6. ^ Kitty Empire (2011-06-05). "The Pierces: You & I – review | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Slant review". 
  8. ^  20 mins ago (2011-04-20). "Yahoo! UK & Ireland omg! - Celebrity Gossip | News | Photos | Videos". New.uk.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – The Pierces – You and I". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter You and I in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  10. ^ You & I - The Pierces iTunes
  11. ^ You & I - The Pierces www.amazon.co.uk/