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