March 21, 2012

The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

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Barton Hollow
5 out of 5 stars

Civil Wars - Barton HollowWithout a doubt one of the most exciting bands to emerge during the tail end of 2011, Nashville’s The Civil Wars made quite an impression with their debut album Barton Hollow. Title track and latest single ‘Barton Hollow’ is a perfect blend of simple, almost brutal acoustic guitar and emotive vocal harmonies, coming together to form an insidiously potent piece of americana.

Sounding like the White Stripes channelling Bonnie and Clyde through a steel string guitar, this ridiculously talented duo (John Paul White and Joy Williams) exude the kind of bluesy confidence that sucks you in from the opening line. The sense of rhythm is overwhelming, despite the absence of percussion, and the sheer power of the guitar verges on the unnatural.

Of course, the star of the song has to be the vocals, and these two have quite the pair of lungs on them. The harmonies are perfectly judged, and the lyrics hint towards a dark tale of betrayal and sin that only increases the song’s allure. Truly a fantastic single.

Words by Adrienne Law

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