You+Me - 2014
Here, to persuade this review to get to the thick of itself, is my overall opinion of this album. It’s very nice but please could you stop singing. This may not mean what you think it might. Alicia Moore (who for this stripped down, acoustic guitar driven, folksy-esque album opted to drop her more mainstream of monikers, P!nk) and Dallas Green (who decided to stick with his given name which is good as I had no idea who he was and would probably not have realized he had changed his name if he had done so) sound fantastic together. The coalescence of their voices is a blend of supreme, comforting quality and the harmonies, hence, are delivered, soft in perfection as the tone of both Green and Moore seemed always destined to be together. Even in unison their union is spectacular. (Personally, I have always wanted to hear Moore in this setting even if I didn’t really know it. I have always admired her as a vocalist but unfortunately the music in which she decides to usually participate in has not always been my cup of tea.) The music, all originals credited to Moore and Green, aside from a cover of Sade’s ‘No Ordinary Love’, is steady, warm, if not in parts carefully wrapped up in a general melancholy that is always at an acceptable level for your emotionally-averaged music consumers. So why ‘stop singing’? Well, simply because they never do. Through the ten rolling and generous tracks they just never stop singing. It’s all them and none of the music (and yes, I believe that makes sense). Each track has a wee murmur of an introduction (more often than not, a guitar influenced one) and there is always a small recapitulation of this introduction between verse one and verse two but that’s it. Other than that, there is never a second for the music to come to the foreground, to have a say and in doing so, add some variety to the track. From near start to end it’s voices up and down every track: beautiful, wonderful but always present union-ed voices. The instrumental music of rose ave. is generally easy to enjoy and also to appreciate in its simplicity. It deserves a chance to just cross paths every now and then with the spotlight. Musical headlines don’t always have to have lyrics in their form. Perhaps what’s at the root of what I find ‘disagreeable’ with this album is me. I like my ‘music’ to have a place to breathe and not just be background to what are obviously the stars of the show. Well, regardless – it’s a good album and again, Moore and Green are delicious together. It is particularly inspiring to hear Moore being so emotionally expressive in such a more subdued manner than how P!nk usually gets her point across.
Of particular excellence: Unbeliever and Gently
*The video is a perfect summary of the album and it’s worth watching just to appreciate the moment that Moore, a polished pop act used to swinging around stadiums full of eighty thousand people, makes a lyrical gaff and finds an amusing sense of embarrassment in front of a small club audience.
*I’m also not going to detract more than half a star in relation to my specific want for more ‘music’.Andrew Scott Back