Poison & Wine
Artist: The Civil Wars
Label: Sensibility Music LLC
Release Date: November 15, 2009
Duration 4 tracks, 12:31
Live At Eddie's Attic
Creative collaborations have been born out of changes to the music industry in the past decade. Recently two have been prominently placed among recent tunes I play often. One is The Civil Wars and the other is Fistful of Mercy found in another of my reviews this month.
The Civil Wars collaboration consists of Joy Williams (vocals, keyboards) and John Paul White (vocals, acoustic guitar). Here, Joy's maturity in music finds a partner in John Paul White's soulful style with melancholy songs of life and its relationships. The songs flow with strong emotion, are easy to listen to while complicated in message, musically light and airy, yet lyrically heavy.
"Poison & Wine", the EP's namesake, has a hint of Damien Rice inherit in the refrain 'I don't love you, I always will.' Where this song stands on its own is in the sorrowful lyrics of relationship, powerful in the combined voices of this duet. "Go" and "Pressing Flowers" display a great play of lyrics and voices accompanied by soft acoustic guitar. "Tip of My Tongue" romps along with brilliant acoustic guitar, sharp and pointed vocals, and very well placed breaks making this a fun and fresh experience.
For a free taste of The Civil Wars, download Live At Eddie's Attic at http://www.myspace.com/thecivilwars. Here you will find 8 songs recorded live ending with a demo version of the song "Falling". This is a great introduction to the fresh sound of The Civil Wars with: