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Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

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Item #: 15532393
    Audio Mixer: Tom Elmhirst. Recording information: Fame, Muscle Shoals, AL; Joy's Screened-In-Porch; Shangri La Studios, Malibu, CA; The Art House, Nashville, TN. Like any union that carries some measure of professional convenience, the Civil Wars encou......more

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Artist: Civil Wars
Description:
Audio Mixer: Tom Elmhirst. Recording information: Fame, Muscle Shoals, AL; Joy's Screened-In-Porch; Shangri La Studios, Malibu, CA; The Art House, Nashville, TN. Like any union that carries some measure of professional convenience, the Civil Wars encountered difficulties as they began to mature. Unlike other groups whose history extended to a professional gathering of songwriters and singers, the duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White were blessed with considerable immediate success: their 2011 debut climbed its way into the U.S. Top 10, going gold and winning two Grammys along the way. Any other band would've basked in such success, but the Civil Wars began to splinter, announcing in November of 2012 that they were taking a hiatus, leaving behind this, an eponymous second album (along with a soundtrack collaboration with T-Bone Burnett for the documentary A Place at the Table). The Civil Wars doesn't feel unfinished, but it does contain some loose ends that are even more apparent after the refined execution of Barton Hollow, which was an album that glided along upon its own cool reserve. Williams and White hardly abandon that sense of quivering, dreamy sweetness -- the very way they harmonize avoids any dirt or grit -- but they surround themselves with darker colors on The Civil Wars, occasionally opting for bigger, bolder arrangements that underline either the melancholy or yearning underpinning their songs. Cannily, the duo sequence the album to open with a couple of their moodier pieces -- "The One That Got Away," where Williams leans into her phrasing in a manner reminiscent of Amy Lee, and "I Had Me a Girl," a remnant from their Rick Rubin collaboration -- and they occasionally return to such charged sturm and drang, including the neo-gothic melodrama of "Devil's Backbone." Elsewhere, they kick up the tempo and spirit a notch -- "From This Valley" contains echoes of Appalachia and is livelier than anything on Barton Hollow, "Oh Henry" is spare and twitchy ...
See Also:
Barton Hollow
See Influences:
The Swell Season, Carpenters, Smog, Queen, Nickel Creek, Katie Herzig, Johnny Cash
See Contemporaries:
Mi and L'au, Serafina Steer, von Grey, Walk the Moon, Sara Watkins (Fiddle), Joy Williams, Jessica Rhaye, Milo Greene, Nedelle, Gungor, Nanook of the North, The Woodlands (Oregon), Magic Apron, James Vincent McMorrow, The Head and the Heart, honeyhoney, Mariee Sioux, Katie Herzig, Josh Garrels, Angus & Julia Stone, The Finches, Matrimony, Matt Jones, Star Anna, The Swell Season, Madi Diaz
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 One That Got Away, The
  2. 2 I Had Me a Girl
  3. 3 Same Old Same Old
  4. 4 Dust to Dust
  5. 5 Eavesdrop
  6. 6 Devil's Backbone
  7. 7 From This Valley
  8. 8 Tell Mama
  9. 9 Oh Henry
  10. 10 Disarm
  11. 11 Sacred Heart
  12. 12 D'Arline
Type:
Performer
Genre:
Country
Label:
Columbia Records
Producer:
Rick Rubin; Charlie Peacock
Number of Discs:
1
Format:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Studio
Mono or Stereo:
Stereo
SPARS Coding:
n/a
Runtime:
42 : 57
Editorial Reviews:
Rolling Stone - "[T]he psychosexual pulse is palpable, the gorgeous timbres and harmonies never less than impressive." Billboard - "[With] a powerful lead-off track driven by Williams' anguish-filled vocals and a compelling use of dynamics." Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a spooked version of Etta James's 'Tell Mama' and they add a new layer of depth to The Smashing Pumpkins' already mighty 'Disarm'..." Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "In places, it's grunge-informed country, with dirty guitars to match the dark sentiments."
UPC:
888837385022
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