Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ALBUM REVIEW: barton hollow

Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

From a scale of 1-10 I give it a 8.01. This is really good stuff. Reminiscent of Robert Plant and Alisson Krauss grammy award winning Raising Sand. I hear a bit of Celine Dion's voice. Barton Hollow is relaxing, it's calming, and its not boring (although it can be if you're in the mood for upbeat music). This is the soundtrack to your trip back from a busy day in the city. Pop and play this album during a two-hour drive back home and feel like you are floating as you pass through the rural landscape and the car bounces up and down as the black-paved highway curves inward and outward. I am impressed. I feel this duo has the chemistry of Glen Hansard and Mark√©ta Irglov√° of the Swell Season. Not only are the voices of this female/male duo pleasing but so are the instrumental piano/guitar solos, such as the one in "the violet hour."

Favorite Tracks: 20 Years, My Father's Father, The Violet Hour, Falling