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Album Review

Joy Williams and John Paul White aren’t a couple, but they certainly sound like they’re in love, singing together with the sort of familiarity that only seems to exist between couples and siblings. On Barton Hollow, their studio debut as the Civil Wars, the two trace each other’s melodies with close harmonies that never fail to lose their romance, even on breakup tunes like “Falling.” It’s an organic, folk-pop sound not unlike the one made by the Swell Season, another boy/girl duo with a talent for making heartbreaking Americana. If the Civil Wars are America’s answer to that band, then “Poison & Wine” is their “Falling Slowly.” An aching, gorgeous tribute to a relationship on the rocks, it’s one of the few tracks to include more than an acoustic guitar, with some piano and soft drums also making their way into the mix. Even so, the focus remains on the band’s vocals, which are easily the best instruments on Barton Hollow. Those who don’t like rootsy ballads are in for some slim pickings, since Barton Hollow shines its brightest whenever the tempos slow, the lights dim, and the voices rise up. But the title track, with its outlaw lyrics and swanky Southern groove, is a nice change from the norm, and “I’ve Got This Friend” finds a balance between both camps. Good stuff. [Barton Hollow was also released with six bonus tracks.]

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An essential album

I found this music by accident and am completely captivated by its beauty. I hope they include a tour of Australia soon!

i like it. I mean LOVE it.

I first heard about The Civil Wars through Taylor Swift, with the song Safe & Sound they wrote and recorded together, I also watched one of the videos and the filming of the Safe & Sound music video with the Civil Wars being interviewed at Taylor's concert this year. I started to become interested in them. I bought the hard copy of the album today and even though I don't really like this type of music I actually REALLY like it. A lot (and I'm fourteen ;)) I think its a really beautiful album that SHOULD'NT go unnoticed. I'm hoping to hear more from them soon, I'm proud to call myself a fan now!!! (:


This album is so amazingly beautiful. And I 100% totally agree with 'Wizardsrule' down there and everything she typed is how I found about The Civil Wars. Its pretty much the same, exactly. So yeah, amazing album and buy it! :D


Formed: 2009 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An Americana, folk, and country duo formed around guitarist John Paul White and vocalist Joy Williams, the Civil Wars made a quick name for themselves with the release of a digital album, Live at Eddie's Attic, in 2009. The Poison & Wine EP followed later that year, and the duo partnered with producer Charlie Peacock to begin recording a full-length album in 2010. The result, Barton Hollow, was released in February 2011, topping the digital charts and cracking Billboard's Top 20 during its first...
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