The Civil Wars

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any union that carries some measure of professional convenience, the Civil Wars encountered difficulties as they began to mature. Unlike other groups whose history extended to a professional gathering of songwriters and singers, the duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White were blessed with considerable immediate success: their 2011 debut climbed its way into the U.S. Top 10, going gold and winning two Grammys along the way. Any other band would've basked in such success, but the Civil Wars began to splinter, announcing in November of 2012 that they were taking a hiatus, leaving behind this, an eponymous second album along with a soundtrack collaboration ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any union that carries some measure of professional convenience, the Civil Wars encountered difficulties as they began to mature. Unlike other groups whose history extended to a professional gathering of songwriters and singers, the duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White were blessed with considerable immediate success: their 2011 debut climbed its way into the U.S. Top 10, going gold and winning two Grammys along the way. Any other band would've basked in such success, but the Civil Wars began to splinter, announcing in November of 2012 that they were taking a hiatus, leaving behind this, an eponymous second album along with a soundtrack collaboration with T-Bone Burnett for the documentary A Place at the Table. The Civil Wars doesn't feel unfinished, but it does contain some loose ends that are even more apparent after the refined execution of Barton Hollow, which was an album that glided along upon its own cool reserve. Williams and White hardly abandon that sense of quivering, dreamy sweetness -- the very way they harmonize avoids any dirt or grit -- but they surround themselves with darker colors on The Civil Wars, occasionally opting for bigger, bolder arrangements that underline either the melancholy or yearning underpinning their songs. Cannily, the duo sequence the album to open with a couple of their moodier pieces -- "The One That Got Away," where Williams leans into her phrasing in a manner reminiscent of Amy Lee, and "I Had Me a Girl," a remnant from their Rick Rubin collaboration -- and they occasionally return to such charged sturm and drang, including the neo-gothic melodrama of "Devil's Backbone." Elsewhere, they kick up the tempo and spirit a notch -- "From This Valley" contains echoes of Appalachia and is livelier than anything on Barton Hollow, "Oh Henry" is spare and twitchy like a nerve -- but the duo remain entrenched in harmonies so close they ache and guitars that strum their support without ever gaining attention. Lyrics hint at disquiet beneath the surface, but so much of The Civil Wars can be appreciated merely upon that surface, hearing Williams and White ease into their harmonies as they tastefully conjure spirits of the past to inhabit the present. Ultimately, the Civil Wars are impeccable craftsmen, taking weathered elements and repurposing them for something that feels new and never haunted by what came before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837385022
  • Catalog Number: 373850
  • Sales rank: 6,894

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The One That Got Away (3:32)
  2. 2 I Had Me a Girl (3:45)
  3. 3 Same Old Same Old (3:48)
  4. 4 Dust to Dust (3:49)
  5. 5 Eavesdrop (3:35)
  6. 6 Devil's Backbone (2:29)
  7. 7 From This Valley (3:33)
  8. 8 Tell Mama (3:48)
  9. 9 Oh Henry (3:32)
  10. 10 Disarm (4:42)
  11. 11 Sacred Heart (3:19)
  12. 12 D'Arline (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Civil Wars Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Charlie Peacock Bass, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, fender rhodes, keyboard bass, Linn Drum
Barry Bales Acoustic Bass
Dan Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
Joy Williams Vocals
Sam Ashworth Tambourine, Tom-Tom
Mark Hill Bass
Andy Leftwich Fiddle, Mandolin
Aaron Sterling Cymbals, Drums, Bass Drums
John Paul White Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Gabe Scott Hammered Dulcimer
Jeff Taylor Piano, Accordion, Harmonium, Pump Organ
Andi Ashworth Hospitality
Technical Credits
Charlie Peacock Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer, Instrumentation
Clarence Carter Composer
Phil Madeira Composer
Richie Biggs Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Billy Corgan Composer
Marcus Daniel Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Rick Rubin Producer
Don Srygley Engineer
Joy Williams Composer
Greg Fidelman Engineer
Sam Ashworth Engineer
Wilbur Terrell Composer
Eric Lynn Engineer
John Paul White Composer
Nate Yetton Executive Producer
Katie Moore Art Direction
Ben Baptie Pro-Tools
James Sweeting Engineer
Renata Pepper Translation Assistant
Pom Tawan Cover Photo
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  • Posted August 29, 2013

    Love this and hoping that there will be much more to come.  It w

    Love this and hoping that there will be much more to come.  It would be a crying shame if this was the last we heard from The Civil Wars.  Dust to Dust is the one track I hit repeat on over and over again.

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