The music on The Civil Wars again plays to the natural connection and strengths shared by Williams and White. But the subject matter is a little darker than their debut. Songs of regret, loneliness, and confessions are front and center, undisguised and open for interpretation. From the menacing "The One That Got Away", to the more melancholy "Same Old Same Old" and on to the strikingly beautiful "Dust to Dust", The Civil Wars have crafted an album that balances vulnerability and honesty amidst a sea of emotions.
There is a lot still to be determined for The Civil Wars, but what is certain is that the musical spark between Williams and White still exists. It's a very odd situation. A new album from a duo that in essence does not exist. At least not currently. But pairings like Williams and White don't come along very often and that's why their first record was so well received and why The Civil Wars has the same potential.
Review by Mike Vasilikos
Released: August 6, 2013 on Sensibility Recordings/Columbia Records