Album Review: You+Me – rose ave. (2014 LP)

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A bond shared between two friends is a special thing, but to be able to share what you’re most passionate about can make this bond even stronger. Created by both Dallas Green (of City and Colour) and Alecia Moore (P!nk), rose ave. is a collaborative effort made by both talented musicians and one that can be appreciated by many people who crave for music that will keep them at ease.

It’s the type of music you come across to pass the time on a rainy day, enjoying harmony and peace. With strong considerations in the past to get herself involved in singing acoustic ballads, it’s clear that Moore has a natural talent and it can be seen that she isn’t just a pop princess, she is also someone that nurtures the folk genre so lovingly with the best intentions.

“Capsized” starts off with a simple, strumming acoustic rhythm, illustrating Dallas Green’s exceptional vocals. It’s an eerie number that will bring chills down your spine. Alecia’s vocals are on par as well, providing balance, edge and soul to the track. The build-up towards the end is incredible as it creates an unreal experience, encompassing an atmosphere that is both hauntingly beautiful and frightening at the same time. In contrast, “From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)”, has a typical, upbeat vibe for a folk song but the lyrics are equally as dark and sombre as the previous track. “It seems the dying are the only ones who really know how to live” is a lyric that brings about a sad tone that will make your heart go weak.

Following on, “You and Me”, vouches to be one of the tracks off the record that has lyrics resonating with honesty and truth. Not only is it descriptive of Green and Moore’s friendship, but it’s a song about how being there for one another is simply enough to get through the curve balls life throws at you. Although there are connotations to the lyrics which suggest that it is a love song, a platonic relationship is implied; that they are close friends sharing a bond that cannot be broken.

With a beautiful violin introduction, “Break the Cycle”, is an endearing track, showing an emotional side to the record as well as highlighting both musicians’ vocals. Alecia takes charge in this track especially but still, Dallas Green plays a strong part making it one of the most powerful and engaging songs off the record.

In all honesty, Dallas Green and Alecia Moore make a dynamic pair. They are clearly passionate on what they do and to have put in both commitment and dedication towards rose ave. is an achievement that goes above and beyond on what they are really capable of. What a beautiful way to (re)introduce folk music into the limelight.

Review Score: 8.0 out of 10

Rose Ave. is out now.

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