Tuesday, August 6, 2013

CD Review: The Civil Wars Return With Brand New Music

The Nashville, TN duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White, better known as The Civil Wars, will be releasing their sophomore self-titled album on August 6 through Columbia Records. This follows on the heal of their gold-selling, top 10 debut album, "Barton Hallow."
 
Now the duo are looking to recapture that success with their latest batch of songs, beginning with the album lead-single, "The One That Got Away." The song begins with the eerie acoustic strumming as Joy's gentle vocals takes you along for the ride of her wrenching lyrics. Producer Rick Rubin lends a hand producing the grunge-guitar blazing country-fueled "I Had Me A Girl," in which Williams and White trade vocal duties. The Civil Wars revert back to their gentle acoustic ways in "Same Old Same Old" and "Eavesdrop," before putting their soul in the slave chant of "Devil's Backbone." John Paul White lends his vocals to the Smashing Pumpkins' single "Disarm" as they slow the tempo down to get to the root of the song's deeper meaning. The album closes with the raw, acoustic "D'Arlene," which sounds as if you were in the studio along with them, sitting in on this recording session.
 
To find out more about The Civil Wars new self-titled album, please visit their website at thecivilwars.com.

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