Friday, 2 August 2013
The Civil Wars : The Civil Wars review
Written and recorded even as they were falling apart at the seams, Joy Williams and John Paul White’s second album bristles with discord in contrast to dewy-eyed debut Barton Hollow.
Surprisingly, it’s better for that.
Although Williams rarely sounded sweeter on the likes of Tell Mama, Sacred Heart and Devil’s Backbone, it’s the sputtering guitar growl of I Had Me A Girl – a raucous Jack White-style country blues – that steals the sophomore show, along with the Damien Rice-like Eavesdrop.
If this is the swansong, it’s a bittersweet parting.