The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars


Sensibility Recordings/Columbia Records



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2014 Grammy Awards:

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The new self-titled album from the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo

Featuring "The One That Got Away" and "Dust To Dust"

"Barton Hollow 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." — All Music Guide

The Civil Wars' highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning folk-rock duo's acclaimed debut, Barton HollowThe Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo's performance for the track "I Had Me a Girl" in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.

This second release for the duo Joy Williams and John Paul White followed an announced hiatus in November 2012 due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition." Billboard says Williams and White "brought in more instruments, added deeper textures and, in general, upped the intensity of the songwriting for their second effort." While Entertainment Weekly says "While the result might seem a little like that awkward first post-split Christmas when Dad comes back and crashes on the couch, it turns out that, well, conflict suits them."

"The album is hardly the big-tent blowout the Civil Wars might've delivered in the wake of the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, who have remade roots music as a kind of artisanal arena rock since Barton Hollow. Most of the duo's new songs still seem constructed around Williams' and White's tightly braided vocals, as in 'Dust to Dust,' which recalls the almost uncomfortable intimacy of the Swell Season, and 'From This Valley,' in which White's fevered barn-dance strumming suddenly gives way to a gorgeous stretch of unaccompanied singing. 'D'Arline,' with the sound of birds in the background, feels like a demo, which it may in fact be: 'Recorded at Joy's Screened-In Porch, Live on an iPhone 4S,' the liner notes read.

"The hushed vibe turns dreary in covers of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Disarm' and Etta James' 'Tell Mama,' the latter of which demonstrates that, although there's plenty of passion in Williams' singing, her voice contains no sex at all — an aftereffect, perhaps, of the years she put in before the Civil Wars doing Christian pop.

"Then again, maybe desire simply wasn't on her mind in the studio with White. You definitely believe her when she bitterly rhymes 'your thin disguise' with 'your perfectly delivered lines.'" —


1. The One That Got Away
2. I Had Me a Girl
3. Same Old Same Old
4. Dust to Dust
5. Eavesdrop
6. Devil's Backbone
7. From This Valley
8. Tell Mama
9. Oh Henry
10. Disarm
11. Sacred Heart
12. D'Arline

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