Civil Wars New Album An Ode To Their Discord

08/12/2013
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(Radio.com) The Civil Wars new album was released last week, and in more ways than one it's an ode to John Paul White and Joy Williams' discord, unease and unknown.

It was regarded as a record that could potentially explain the strife that came between White and Williams, to help better understand why the duo had split. Williams had been vague about it in the few interviews she'd given, and White wasn't talking at all.

"It was similar in terms of the actual recording process," Williams recently told InStyle. "We wrote the songs together, recorded them in the same room, much like the previous project. This time around we wanted to really profess a sound sonically and lyrically and I think we did that despite the tension between us. The tension is very much in that sonically regarding harmony."

The duo's debut, Barton Hollow, was universally lauded. Though both came from different backgrounds White the alt-rocker, Williams the Christian pop singer (the duo met at a Nashville writing camp in 2008) their voices molded effortlessly, creating endearing harmonies and melodies with an onstage chemistry that made them as rewarding to watch as they were to listen to.

From a general standpoint, that first album spoke often of love and its effects. "C'est la vie, C'est la mort (Such is life, such is death) / You and me / Forevermore," they sang on "C'est la Mort." "Oh my, look what you have done / You're my favorite song," came the refrain of "Tip of My Tongue."

In interviews about The Civil Wars, Williams hinted that in order to find out what happened to the band, one need listen to the new record. Understandably, the consensus thereafter was that the album was riddled with clues to the demise, like it was a puzzle meaning to be solved. After all, the band wrote much of the record on the road last year, while the tension was hitting its peak. Afterward, at the urging of Rick Rubin (who co-produced the electric guitar fuzz of "I Had Me a Girl"), the duo hit the studio to record the album in a two-week period in September. more on this story

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