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Barton Hollow (2011)

Artist: Civil Wars
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Format: CD
Sku: 219608134
UPC: 669447001782
UPC 14: 00669447001782
Release Date: 2/1/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. 20 Years ~ The Civil Wars
2. I've Got This Friend ~ The Civil Wars
3. C'est La Mort ~ The Civil Wars
4. To Whom It May Concern ~ The Civil Wars
5. Poison & Wine ~ The Civil Wars
6. My Father's Father ~ The Civil Wars
7. Barton Hollow ~ The Civil Wars
8. Violet Hour, The ~ The Civil Wars
9. Girl with the Red Balloon ~ The Civil Wars
10. Falling ~ The Civil Wars
11. Forget Me Not ~ The Civil Wars
12. Birds of a Feather ~ The Civil Wars
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: John Paul White, Joy Williams (vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Richie Biggs.
Muze PNote Recording information: The Art House, Nashville, TN.
Muze PNote Photographer: Tec Petaja.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Charlie Peacock

Engineer: Richie Biggs; Charlie Peacock

Artist Overview

A folk-pop duo comprised of guitarist John Paul White and vocalist Joy Williams, the Civil Wars made a quick 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 to begin recording a full-length album in 2010. The result, Barton Hollow, was released in February 2011, topping the digital charts and cracking Billboard's Top 20 during its first week. ~ Chris True

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/15/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0178
Music Label Name Label : Sensibility
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00669447001782

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Civil Wars
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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