According to Last.fm, except for my No.1 album of this list, this record is my most listened to album released this year. Which makes a lot of sense. When this record was released in March I listened to it pretty much non-stop. The Civil Wars’ debut is a stunning collection of songs. The clever songwriting and rich harmonies between Joy Williams and John Paul White is unlike anything else and the whole record builds to a mix of country, bluegrass and acoustic-folk goodness.
The highlight of the record for me is the heartbreaking ‘Poison and Wine’. The video shows an incredible connection between the two singers, who describe themselves as ‘musical soul mates’. At the end of this year, they announced that they had to cancel their remaining tour dates due to ‘internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition’. What that means I do not know, but if it does mean the end of the Civil Wars, I am glad we always have this album to keep, as it is a true masterpiece.
Best tracks: Poison & Wine, Falling, The Violet Hour, Barton Hollow