The Civil Wars ‎– Barton Hollow

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20 Years 3:01
I've Got This Friend 3:23
C'est La Mort 2:29
To Whom It May Concern 3:31
Poison & Wine 3:39
My Father's Father 3:20
Barton Hollow 3:25
The Violet Hour 3:25
Girl With The Red Balloon 3:49
Falling 3:58
Forget Me Not 2:56
Birds Of A Feather 3:09

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none The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(CD, Album) Sensibility Music none US 2011 Sell This Version
none The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(CD, Album, Promo) Sensibility Music none US 2010 Sell This Version
88883753522 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(CD, Album) Sensibility Music, Columbia 88883753522 US 2011 Sell This Version
88883 75352 1 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(LP) Sensibility Music, Columbia 88883 75352 1 US 2011 Sell This Version
none The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(LP) Sensibility Music none US 2011 Sell This Version
none The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(LP, Album) Sensibility Music none US 2011 Sell This Version
none The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(LP, Album, TP) Sensibility Music none US 2011 Sell This Version
88691941852 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(CD, Album) Sensibility Music, Columbia 88691941852 Australia 2012 Sell This Version
88691941852 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(CD, Album, RE) Sensibility Music, Sony Music, Columbia 88691941852 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none Civil Wars* Barton Hollow(CDr, Album, Promo) Columbia none UK 2012 Sell This Version
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none The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(LP, Album) Sensibility Music none UK 2012 Sell This Version
C-375352, 88883 75352 1 The Civil Wars Barton Hollow(LP, Album, RE, 180 + CD, Album) Sensibility Music C-375352, 88883 75352 1 US 2013 Sell This Version

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joshpeichoto

joshpeichoto

April 27, 2016
referencing Barton Hollow, LP, Album, RE, 180 + CD, Album, C-375352, 88883 75352 1
The hole on my copy is off center and I get a lot of pitch changes as it plays. It makes my pressing is almost unlistenable.
sicahjes

sicahjes

January 3, 2016
referencing Barton Hollow, LP, Album, none

Do yourself a favour and listen to this album. Soulful lyrics, with beautifully layered instrumental accompaniments and harmonies. Best served with dim lights and a glass of red.
martinjanet

martinjanet

January 26, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Barton Hollow, LP, Album, none

Brilliant album of parred down Americana. Mostly strong, original writing and performance. Violet Hour is the only weak track - also Forget Me Not is a bit too C&W pop for my taste. So 4/5 only

Having only heard them live and on live recordings (Eddie's Attic) as twosome I wasn't sure what they'd be like in the studio with more instrumentation. Never fear, its still good.

Update 23 March. After longing listening this album is a little light weight, some of the songs are "samey"
sncold

sncold

December 7, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Barton Hollow, CD, Album, none

Joy Williams and John Paul White, the voices of The Civil Wars, were discovered by producer Charlie Peacock (Amy Grant / Switchfoot) at a songwriting session in 2008, the same day they first met each other. Peacock began to record the duo, and the song "Poison & Wine" was created. The new song was featured on the TV show Grey's Anatomy in 2009. At the tail end of 2010, The Civil Wars were named Paste Magazine's "Best of What's Next". After the new title, a performance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and another performance at the Sundance Film Festival, the duo skyrocketed to success, and their premiere album Barton Hollow was created.

Barton Hollow begins with the track "20 Years". It's a simple, elegant, haunting song that makes use of some beautiful harmony. There are very discreet sounds added into the background of the song's structure that adds a lot of depth into a seemingly simple song. Brilliant songwriting.

The subsequent track, "I've Got This Friend" begins with a bit of a happy sounding guitar introduction. When the verse begins, the melody is also very happy sounding. However, lyrically, the song is about two people who are perfect for each other, but do not take the risk of putting their hearts on the line, and therefore never meet each other in the way they could. The main lyrics, "if the right one came along", clashes beautifully with the sound and style of the song as a whole. Once again- pure, absolute brilliant songwriting.

"Poison & Wine", one of The Civil Wars' first songs, makes an appearance on Barton Hollow as the fifth track of the album. A new element that hasn't been heavily featured in any of the other tracks as of yet is the presence of rhythm. They use the strum of a guitar to provide this rhythm, rather than sacrificing the feel and theme of the record by using a drum set. At about 2 minutes and 10 seconds into the track, however, a light snare rhythm is presented to create a bigger presence for the song. It is a wonderfully crafted section for the track, and it leads beautifully into the final suspension and resolution that completes "Poison & Wine".

The title track begins loudly and excitingly, a new feel for the album thus far. Although faster and heavier, "Barton Hollow" does not lose the harmony that Williams and White have so brilliantly crafted into every one of their songs without fail. This track very much reminds me of something you would hear on one of Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet's albums. However, while it is no doubt a phenomenal song, I prefer the slow and solemn style of The Civil Wars. To each their own, I suppose.

The final track, "Birds of a Feather", is a dark toned song with the same beauty and grace of any Civil Wars song. I was hoping for the album go out on a soft note, but this was a nice surprise. It's sexy, it's exciting, it creates a feeling of thrill. A good ending to a solid album.

Overall, I much preferred the first half of Barton Hollow than the last. That's not to say of course that I didn't like the second half. I loved it. But I'm a sucker for soft, slow, melodic songs, which the first half thrived on. The album has been nominated for a Grammy for best Folk album, along with Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues. These seems to be the stronger two nominees for the category, and I would absolutely love to see either of them win it.

Thank you, Joy Williams and John Paul White, for a brilliant, beautiful album.

Standout tracks:
20 Years
I've Got A Friend
To Whom It May Concern
Poison & Wine
Barton Hollow
The Violet Hour
Birds of a Feather

5/5.