Since forming in 2000, sister duo Allison and Catherine have had a rollercoaster ride of a time, but they return here with a new album and a new confidence. Opening number and title track ‘Creation’ is reminiscent of Florence & The Machine, breezy and light in its musicianship and vocal delivery. Latest single ‘Kings’ is a poppy number, the chorus simplistic and easy to learn – perfect for live shows, something which the girls are happily familiar with.
In following on with numbers such as ‘I Can Feel’ and ‘Believe In Me’, it becomes evident that the focus has shifted slightly from their earlier material, and there is now an almost relaxed atmosphere to the audio of the new material, as each track slides almost effortlessly into the next, perhaps assisted by their visits to a shaman which the girls have both admitted helped them discover more and reach further into themselves to help with their creative processes. ‘Come Alive’ is the most upbeat track and rather dancey, so much so it’s hard to resist tapping your toes along to the laid back drum beat. It is a shame then that ‘Honest Man’ proves to be a lot weaker than some might expect, but in a matter of minutes, the stronger material returns; notably through a clear and strong vocal performance on ‘Must Be Something’.
The second half of the album continues to prove itself a bit more unsteady in terms of track strength with ‘Elements’ perhaps being too slow for some listeners while being beautifully basic for others. It would seem that songs with an almost anthemic vibe to them are key to this latest collection – it’s easy to picture dozens, if not thousands, of hands clapping or feet stomping to ‘Monsters’, while ‘The Devil Is A Lonely Night’ just begs for fans and listeners to sing the chorus wherever it is they might be listening. ‘Confidence In Love’ meanwhile removes the powerful, live show ideals for a few minutes, instead presenting a balladesque number; not particularly special, but certainly not a terrible inclusion either.
As the album draws to a close, the mood and tone slows once again, Catherine and Allison’s vocals being key to making ‘The One I Want’ a track that shouldn’t be skipped, but it is ‘Flesh And Bone’ that truly delivers the vocal performance of the entire collection – it’s a fitting end to a new era of The Pierces’ musical career, a haunting, eerie track that lingers with you long after the final note has played out.