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3.0 out of 5 stars If it isn't live...?, 6 Nov. 2011
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I bought this album on the strength of TCWs set on Jools Holland Live, which was in all respects as remarkable a debut perhaps as k t tunstall some years ago. A little research took me to find their live set, from their second ever gig in the 'Attic'. Once again I was blown away, so perhaps expectations were raised for their first studio album. Most of their self penned work here is familiar and is supported by bass, guitar piano and slide across a range of tracks. However, and quality production notwithstanding, their is something missing from these versions... and simply it is the chemistry and interplay that Joy and John display in their live work. It is not often that I would prefer a live album over a studio offering, but in this case The Civil Wars fail to deliver the heights of their live work. Hence a lower score than I had anticipated.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2012 15:37:45 GMT
MOT says:
completely agree. The album loses the spark of their live performances. Shame. I very rarely sell on my CD's. This one I did. But I would still consider buying a live album.. knowing their potential

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2012 16:52:31 GMT
I. Melvin says:
Yeah, but I am still going to their live gig in Lancaster in March! Cannot wait.

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 09:33:19 GMT
LWN says:
Download youtube/MP3 downloader from any of various sites.
All of the 'Civil Wars tracks are on Youtube live with video
Copy ULR from to top of Youtube page
Paste into YT/MP3 downloader, few mins video/track is downloaded.. won't take you long to download whole album, with Video... FREE
Right click send to flash memory (Kingston 8GIG £5.00ish) from 'My Videos'
Plug Flashdrive to USB, right click autoplay watch the screen...enjoy
They are a lovely looking couple.
I have done the above and have stacks of other great tracks with video...Try it.

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 13:22:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2012 13:23:03 BDT
Yes. Perhaps it is better to come to them the other way, as I did, studio album first, then live afterwards. I heard this Album some while back, played in my local music shop before it was released in the UK. I was struck immediately, and had to buy it. Loved it.
I went to see them at Bristol a few weeks back. The best gig I have ever seen (yes, better than Bruce Springsteen in his heyday...and Arcade Fire)..purely because they sing so wonderfully live, so freely, and so purely. I have never heard better voices in a live show.
But I still love this album. Some of the spark is missing; but hey, the songwriting is supreme.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 10:02:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2012 22:17:34 BDT
Scottie says:
I too saw them on Jools first then imported the Barton Hollow album from the US some months before its UK release but I couldn't disagree more. It is, in my eyes, a masterpiece and oozes their character and chemistry. Their harmonies are so perfect and the warmth of there vocals is captured from the highest wail to the softest whisper. This is an incredible debut that I can't believe I will ever tire of hearing.
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