I’ll admit that when I first heard of the duo on the singing competition show X Factor I was a little biased, but power couple Alex & Sierra soon won my hearts. I say that I was biased because Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton, the people behind the beloved pop duo, were students of the University of Central Florida, the university I currently attend. However, it became apparent pretty early on that the group had a lot of potential, clearly the American public seemed to believe this as well as they wound up winning season 3 of the competition, the first group to ever do so. Shortly after their win, the group came together and worked on their debut album It’s About Us, which they claimed would be done “quickly” and “right”.
It certainly comes as no surprise that the album is entitled It’s About Us as the album is comprised of lyricism about their relationship. While at times the record focuses on some fictitious aspects of a relationship in general, there are many instances in which the record hones in on the true nature of the relationship between Alex and Sierra. Songs like “Little Do You Know”, “Cheating”, and “Broken Frame” seem to be the most genuine as they deal with real emotions felt in a relationship.
“Little Do You Know” speaks of an instance in which Alex harmed Sierra and it caused them both to feel some doubt and pain, ” Underneath it all I’m held captive by the hole inside/I’ve been holding back for the fear that you might change your mind/I’m ready to forgive you but forgetting is a harder fight/Little do you know/I need a little more time”. The song ends with a promise made by Alex to make things better,”I love you like you’ve never felt the pain, I’ll wait/I promise you don’t have to be afraid, I’ll wait/The love is here and here to stay so lay your head on me”. While it deals with a darker topic, the song is the sweetest and most genuine on the album as no relationship is entirely happy.
“Cheating” shows the quirkier side of the relationship as they delve into the topic of fantasies they’ve experienced about cheating on one another. It’s not a dark song in any way, however. They jest about who they would cheat on each other with if there were no repercussions and question one another about it (“Do you ever think about a one night stand?/Leaving the club at 3AM, with a male model or a guy from a friend”). It certainly shows the playful side of their romantic relationship.
“Broken Frame” is a far more somber song that discusses the struggles and hardships faced in a relationship (“The greatest pretenders forget to remember the lies/We’re falling forever, we’re far from together tonight”). It’s a really beautiful song that contains a lot of instrumentation including guitars and a piano to add to the darkened ambience.
On the other hand, there are also happy, poppy songs in the record. “Scarecrow”, the record’s first single, is a feel good song that makes you want to get up and dance. The music video for this track has puppets, so if that doesn’t scream happy and playful, I don’t know what does. While the lyrics aren’t necessarily the happiest, the track in itself does not even put a damper on your emotions. “Here We Go” is also a very poppy track that includes a choir of individuals singing along with the duo to add to the fun sound. Additionally, the song includes synths to make it sound more fun. “Just Kids” is a youth anthem that deals with being young and enjoying one’s self. They state “We’re just kids, setting stuff on fire” as a declaration of their youth and lack of responsibilities.
The record comes to a close with “All For You” a sultry jazz ballad that reminds fans what kept them voting for the duo incessantly each week while they were still on the X Factor. The track begins with a saxophone and transitions into some really smooth vocals on Alex’s behalf that transition into some sultry vocals coming from Sierra. Its lyricism is very playful as they discuss the great lengths they are willing to go to to provide for one another and they even jest that “if you wake up and see me on the news/I did it all for you”. The track adds to the jazz sound with what sounds like bongos and a piano in the background. As the song starts to come to a close the instrumentals pick up and their voices crescendo. What’s truly great about this track is that it showcases the group’s vocal range.
It’s About Us is a perfect way to reassure fans of Alex & Sierra that they made the right choice by crowning them the winners of the X Factor. Overall, it’s a really fun album that makes you want to get up and dance.
Pop | Columbia Records / Syco Music