Barton Hollow CD (2011)

Artist: Civil Wars

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Product Overview


Label Phantom Domestic
SKU 219608134
UPC 669447001782
UPC 14 00669447001782
Format CD
Release Date 2/1/2011
Author Civil Wars
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Technical Info
Engineer Richie Biggs; Charlie Peacock
Producer Charlie Peacock
CatalogID 0178
Lable Name Sensibility
Released 03/15/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 40m : 1s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00669447001782
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: John Paul White, Joy Williams (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Richie Biggs.
Recording information: The Art House, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Tec Petaja.
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. ~ Andrew Leahey
Artist Overview
The Nashville acoustic duo known as the Civil Wars was formed by guitarist John Paul White and vocalist Joy Williams. Marked by folk songs, country ballads, and close harmonies, the pair quickly made a 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 for the full-length Barton Hollow, which cracked the Top 20 during its first week. Their follow-up, the self-titled The Civil Wars, debuted at number one and earned strong reviews, but marked the end of the partnership. ~ Chris True
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There are not drums to be found, nor superfluous ribbons'n'bow arrangements, just two gorgeously restless, swarthy voices destined to be together."
Paste (magazine) - "[W]hile the songs get loud, they rarely get bombastic. For the most part, it's simple vocal melodies and harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar."
Uncut (magazine) (p.75) - "[T]here's a passion and naturalism to these songs that make them worthy of the hubbub."
Disc 1
1 20 Years
2 I've Got This Friend
3 C'est La Mort
4 To Whom It May Concern
5 Poison & Wine
6 My Father's Father
7 Barton Hollow
8 Violet Hour, The
9 Girl with the Red Balloon
10 Falling
11 Forget Me Not
12 Birds of a Feather
Product Attributes
Artist Civil Wars
Music Format Compact Disc
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