rose ave. is You+Me's, a collaboration between P!nk (Alecia Moore) and Dallas Green who arrives from City and Colour, debut album. To be fair, for me at least, this album came out of nowhere and definitely caught my unawares. It's a folk, country twinge album that really rides high on basically more or less, a stripped down version of tracks that focuses largely on a country acoustic guitar. This plays well into both artists' hands as P!nk is also known for writing her own hits with a guitar and Dallas Green too. Without further ado, let's get straight into the album.
First off, the country and folk vibe of this album is immense in an absolutely beautiful way. One that comes across as humble, sincere and harmonious, that both P!nk and Dallas fits into perfectly. It may not strike off as a great combination, but both artists lead the lines in their own powerful way, especially on the first three tracks: Capsized, From A Closet in Norway and Gently, the notes just seemingly come into their own and it is so soothing at times when every word pieces like a string and you have the chance to take a gander at it first-hand. Of course, P!nk definitely has the powerful vocal range, and therefore does outshine Dallas' voice, but each of them have their own distinct spotlight to shine at different times.
Secondly, there's a presence surrounding this album that feels soft, unique and doesn't take away anything from what we currently have on offer from the music stores. That's not to say that the albums aren't good, but there's the lesser reality of really digging deep into a track and admiring what it served to do, rather than artists who use it truly for being able to sell it. rose ave. puts us through crystal clear lenses and sits us on a chair, showing us that the art from truly has not dilated from it's predecessors, and rather, it's telling of a tale so enriching that puts the artists emotions into a symbolic use that comes off as vibrant and colourful, which this album dishes with high capacity. You really take a step back, and understand the efforts. Genre specific-wise, there's also a lot going on that might not truly sink deep, as country has become more pop-pushing and folk has been on the edge of disappearance.
Thirdly, which is the only thing I couldn't cross my mind seeing, was that the lyrics weren't really clicking for most tracks like their first single You And Me and Capsized. It's not to say that the weight was not there, but more to the point of it being felt as if it was rushed. Some lyrics felt grown out, others cliche, but all in all, enough for the average listener to enjoy, though I would've liked to see more fleshed out, in-depth lyrics that coincide with the current tracks.
Other than that, there are a few tracks I really couldn't get into, but maybe it wasn't more of a scope for the general audience, but more of a personal experience. But otherwise, this album is extremely solid.
Favourite Tracks: From A Closet In Norway, Love Gone Wrong, Break The Cycle
Least Favourite Tracks: Capsized, Second Guess
This album is truly mesmerizing in every possible way. Some tracks you will love, others you will burn through but still remember because there's always a gem for everybody here. Trust me, this album is gold.
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.