The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

A serene yet disturbed second set...
The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars

After the success of 2011’s ‘Barton Hollow’, the question was whether the Nashville-based duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White could take it up a level.

And, they do. Starting off in typically sombre mood, this follow-up from The Civil Wars shows clear intent for melancholic immersion.

Williams has the voice of a broken angel, and its combination with White’s Tennessee roots makes for a harmonic experience.

White shares vocals on ‘I Had Me A Girl’, and the interplay is passionately convincing.

Serene yet disturbed, this is album that progresses the band well – but with the pair on a seemingly irrevocable hiatus, will that progression lead them anywhere?

8/10

Words: TC

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