Yesterday was a rainy day here and I craved some mellow music. The Year of The Rabbit is a well put together cd with music that is nice to sit and listen to. It’s calming with a country music sound. This first solo album isn’t her first album though. Allison is half of the Pierce duo with her sister and is covering music she wrote for herself.
Year of the Rabbit (Sony Music Masterworks) marks Allison Pierce’s first album as a solo artist, following two decades with her sister in the acclaimed duo, The Pierces. Recorded in analog straight to magnetic tape, the album was mostly performed by Allison and Ethan at Hollywood recording mecca Sunset Sound. The only outside contributors were Gabe Witcher, who supplied fiddle on two tracks, and Greg Leisz, who played pedal steel on another.
“Over the years, I’d write these songs knowing they weren’t Pierces songs, and I collected them in anticipation of the day when I could record them myself,” says Pierce. “I’d envisioned the whole thing, so I was ready, and waiting patiently for the opportunity to make it.”
“It was intense,” Allison says of the experience, “because Ethan is trying to capture something that’s really intimate, and the more vulnerable, the better. Sometimes I’d feel like a take wasn’t my best musical performance, but Ethan would say, “No, no, no, this is the magic.’ He hears something that’s special, something that would appeal to the emotions of the listener.”
As for the album title? In Chinese astrology, rabbit is the symbol for hope. For Pierce, it also means transformation. “The rabbit in Alice in Wonderland was what took her from her mundane world into the spiritual and mystical realm, where she was transformed.”
- Fool Him
- Follow You Down
- Never Coming Back
- Sea of Love
- Drink One for You
- I Can See for Miles
- To the Grave
- It Is Well With My Soul
- A Kiss Before You Go
- Bed of Nails
- Peace Like River
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