Album Releases – Aug 6, 2013

There were some great album releases this week but none more anticipated than the Civil Wars self titled sophomore album; you know, the one that almost didn’t happen. It’s crazy to think that just a year ago the two singers – John Paul White and Joy Williams were on top of the world, and now are no longer on speaking terms.

Their first album ‘Barton Hollow’ sold half-million copies, grabbed two Grammy’s and allowed The Civil Wars to share the stage with acts like Adele and Emmylou Harris. However, just two months into recording their second album they abruptly broke up, cancelled their European tour and released a statement citing “irreconcilable differences of ambition.”

When the album was completed this past January, it was a tough sell to the major record labels because they weren’t able to offer a tour as part of the package. However, Columbia Records took a chance and bought the rights purely based on the strength of the songs. Although it’s unfortunate we may not see The Civil Wars perform again, at least we got a solid second album as a parting gift.

Take a look at some of the other “less story driven” album releases below.

             Artist                                           Album                            Genre 
        The Civil Wars                            The Civil Wars                      Americana
          Hugh Laurie                                Didn’t It Rain                            Blues
              Moderat                                       Moderat II                        Electronica
              Phaeleh                                          Tides                             Electronica
            Rudimental                                      Home                            Electronica
Old Crow Medicine Show       Carry Me Back To Virginia                Folk
     Explosion in the Sky                    Prince Avalanche                 Instrumental
       Asking Alexandria                  From Death to Destiny                  Metal
      Iwrestledabearonce                      Late for Nothing                        Metal
             Norma Jean                                 Wrongdoers                         Metal
              KT Tunstall                               Invisible Empire                       Pop

Article by Ken Burns

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