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The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

February 8, 2011

The Civil Wars are a guy/girl duo made up of John & Joy. Their music is classified as folk/country. I found their debut album Barton Hollow, to play out just about like that, half folk & half country. One thing remains constant on all their songs. They are all beautifully sung.

Apparently, The Civil Wars have been given “props” by Taylor Swift.* As if that wasn’t bad enough, they had a song played during a montage on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Now these are 2 huge red flags that would lead me to never listen to this band…. ever.

I was given Barton Hollow by a friend that thought my wife would really enjoy it. I then took it & decided to give it a spin myself. (prior to knowing the whole Grey’s Anatomy-Taylor Swift thing) I really enjoyed the opening track, “20 Years.” Then, I also really enjoyed the Grey’s Anatomy pick, “Poison & Wine.” But it was after those 1st five tracks that I found the country part of Barton Hollow.

For those that don’t know, I’m not a fan of country music. Like not any, other than MAYBE a few Johnny Cash songs. And even that’s a stretch for me most of the time. With that being said, I really enjoyed the more traditional folk songs on Barton Hollow.

If you are a fan of country and/or folk music, you should definitely check out this album.  I don’t, however, feel comfortable trying to judge the country songs on the album. I will leave this by rating ONLY tracks 1-5.

I give (tracks 1-5) The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow, 7.4/10

“Poison & Wine”**

** favorite track

Get the single “Barton Hollow” for free, here on their MySpace page.

* Taylor Swift included “Poison & Wine” as a selection in her official iTunes playlist, saying, “I think this is my favorite duet. It’s exquisite.”


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