Last fall, in the midst of their European tour, rising Americana act The Civil Wars
unexpectedly decided to pull the plug of the rest of their scheduled dates, citing
“internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition,” as the reason. The duo,
comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White, were riding a tidal wave of success
from the release of their 2011 critically acclaimed debut Barton Hollow. It seemed
as if the sky was the limit; as the pair took home two Grammy awards for Best Country
Duo/Group Performance and Best Folk Album, had toured with the likes of Adele and Emmylou
Harris and had even collaborated with country-pop star Taylor Swift on a tune featured on
the soundtrack for the Hunger Games (which won them their third Grammy award).
The announcement of the tour cancellation was coupled with the news that the band had been
in the midst of recording a new record, which was expected to be released in 2013. Since
going on hiatus the estranged pair has not spoken to each other, choosing instead to
finish the album during separate recording sessions. On Tuesday, after months of
speculation, the band released their self-titled sophomore effort via Columbia Records.
The 12-track effort again features their haunting brand of Southern Gothic-inspired folk
music, that’s highlighted by their beautiful harmonies – though this time around the
record has a bit of a darker tone lyrically, which you can read into for yourself.
Let’s check out the lyric video for the record’s lead single "From This Valley":
Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt
[Published on: 8/8/13]