Ratings and Reviews
I got this CD several months ago because I backed their album project, and let me just say that this CD is completely different than anything I’ve listened to from them. It’s more mature, catchier, honest, romantic, extremely well-produced, and Josh and Nicole sound better than they ever have before. It seems to me that record deals usually produce less honest and relevant music, but the time and effort Elenowen put into this record was definitely well spent, and, lastly, changes them from a cute married couple that writes good music to a growing powerhouse in the music industry.
I first heard Elenowen play when they were on tour opening for Matt Wertz. I instantly fell in love with their music. The only word I can't think to describe their sound is 'pure'. There's just such passion in their music. It's just so much more real than most of the music out there now a days. It's incredibly refreshing. Josh and Nicole are also two of the kindest people I've ever met. Extremely down to earth. I'm excited for their new album, (which I've already pre-ordered). I have no doubt it'll be amazing. I only hope that they continue to share their music with the world.
So glad I bought this
Anytime an artist "grows" out of their old sound into something different, it's always strange to watch the progress out of their most sincere beginnings into something polished, and perhaps less honest. Not so with these great singers and songwriters. Particularly great work leaving space and letting these two voices shine as the lifeblood of the work... Bravo.
The husband-and-wife writing and singing team of Josh and Nicole Johnson make up the Nashville-based country-folk-rock duo Elenowen (named after Josh's mother and Nicole's father and pronounced "ellen-owen"). The couple met and fell in love in high school, marrying during Josh's freshman year at Nashville's Belmont University. Both pursued separate singing and music careers until 2009, when they joined forces after hearing Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand album. Realizing a vision that was somewhere between country, folk, and pop, the duo released a debut album, Pulling Back the Veil, a year later in 2010. Selected to appear as contestants on the television show The Voice, Josh and Nicole were mentored by country singer Blake Shelton and picked up hordes of fans from their appearances on the show, even though they were eventually cut -- by Shelton as judge, no less. Never really a country act in the strict sense, Elenowen honed their haunting folk-rock sound, and writing both individually and collectively, released the self-titled EP Elenowen on Dualtone Records in 2012. ~ Steve Leggett