Civil Wars’ New Album: Go “Tell Mama”

Known for their folk inspired music, The Civil Wars’ new album, which is cleverly titled, The Civil Wars, is no different and does not disappoint.Civilwars

They haven’t strayed far from their roots of the song “Poison and Wine,” which debuted in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite that put the folk duo, John Paul White and Joy Williams, on the  charts.

The cover of the album is a black and white image of a colossal smoke cloud.

This reflects the edginess of the collection, since some of the songs are titled, “Dust to Dust,” “Devil’s Backbone” and “Disarm.”

In addition to the two making their mark on folk music, they are also recognized for their talent of harmonizing really well and have been nominated for several awards.

White and Williams performed at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala to honor Morgan Freeman and Elie Wiesel.

They can go “Tell Mama” all about that.

The song entitled “Sacred Heart” on this album was written and performed in French.

The inspiration came from the extravagant view of the Eiffel Tower while the pair were in a flat hanging out during a visit to France.

Translated, the basic meaning of the song is waiting for someone. “I’ll wait for you there. Will you come for me?”

Their most popular song from this album, “The One That Got Away,” might be a little too close to home since rumors are spreading around that the duo are not on talking terms with each other. Hopefully, they won’t be saying this about each other soon.

In an interview with VH1, Williams discussed the small feud with co-singer John Paul White.

“It took a lot of energy, honestly. We both have very different work styles, but I’d like to think that creative tension actually ended up serving the album well in the end….We created something even more raw and aching and real than anything we’ve done to date.”

The band wanted to represent that all of their listeners feel alone at one point or another, and did so with the song, “Dust to Dust.”

This, yet again, is ironic as they might be feeling lonely since they stopped speaking to one another.

“Oh, you’re acting your thin disguise, all your perfectly delivered lines, they don’t fool me, you’ve been lonely, too long.”

Despite all of the melancholy surrounding the artists no longer creating relatable music, the album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Even though there might have been tension, they masked it well.

If this is the last album we will hear from the two, at least we can say that it wasn’t the “Same Old Same Old.” It was immeasurable.

Author: The Bells Staff

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