The Civil Wars (LP)


The Civil Wars

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Amoeba Review

Nashville folk duo The Civil Wars have been all over this great country since releasing their debut album, Barton Hallow. The result is that their brand of Americana sounds more open, more assured on their self-titled follow-up. Singer Joy Williams has an impressive set of pipes, one she unleashes at will, but she seems to having more fun here on songs like “Oh Henry,” while John Paul White lets loose, too, with some electric guitar. The duo makes Smashing Pumpkins’ “Disarm” even more confessional and dirge-like, as first premiered on their Live at Amoeba release. Fans don’t have to worry, though, that they’ve forgotten their roots or gone the way of Mumford & Sons-style bombast. Even with production from Rick Rubin, “I Had Me a Girl” sounds like a old Western blues — it just hits harder than anything they’ve done before, with extra cowboy-booted kick. “The One That Got Away” is some of the duo’s finest work yet, moody and rocky, with some production and songwriting from Charlie Peacock. But even with these collaborators, Williams and White know what makes them work is their particular chemistry, and The Civil Wars often still sounds like the work of two people alone in a room creating something special. When their voices meld sans guitar or backup in “From This Valley,” it’s a true moment of spine-tingling beauty.

Check out the Civil Wars Live at Amoeba EP on CD or MP3 (cut or uncut with on-stage banter between Joy White and John Paul Williams).

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Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The One That Got Away
The Civil Wars 03:32
2.
I Had Me A Girl
The Civil Wars 03:45
3.
Same Old Same Old
The Civil Wars 03:48


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Dust To Dust
The Civil Wars 03:49
2.
Eavesdrop
The Civil Wars 03:35
3.
Devil's Backbone
The Civil Wars 02:29


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
From This Valley
The Civil Wars 03:33
2.
Tell Mama
The Civil Wars 03:48
3.
Oh Henry
The Civil Wars 03:32


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Disarm
The Civil Wars 04:42
2.
Sacred Heart
The Civil Wars 03:19
3.
D'Arline
The Civil Wars 03:05

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