The Civil Wars (album)

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The Civil Wars
Studio album by The Civil Wars
Released August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)
Recorded Nashville
Length 42:57[1]
Language English
Label Columbia/sensibility
Producer Charlie Peacock, Rick Rubin
The Civil Wars chronology
Barton Hollow
(2011)
The Civil Wars
(2013)
Singles from The Civil Wars
  1. "The One That Got Away"
    Released: June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)[citation needed]
  2. "From This Valley"
    Released: June 25, 2013 (2013-06-25)[citation needed]
  3. "Dust to Dust"
    Released: October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)[2]

The Civil Wars is the second and final album by American alternative folk band The Civil Wars. The album was released on August 6, 2013 by Sensibility Music/Columbia Records.[3]

The Civil Wars received generally positive reviews from music critics, and it sold more than 116,000 copies, making it debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The song "From This Valley" won them their fourth Grammy, the second one in the category Best Country Duo/Group Performance.[citation needed]

Promotion[edit]

"The One That Got Away" and "From This Valley" were released as singles in June 2013. The third single from the album, "Dust to Dust", was released to Hot adult contemporary radio in the United States on October 7, 2013.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 95%[5]
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club B+[7]
Billboard 91/100[8]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [10]

The Civil Wars received positive reviews from critics. According to Metacritic, the album has scored 71 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews,[4] the same score Barton Hollow, the duo's previous album, received.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 116,000 copies.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The One That Got Away"   Joy Williams, John Paul White, Charlie Peacock 3:30
2. "I Had Me a Girl"   Williams, White 3:45
3. "Same Old Same Old"   Williams, White 3:48
4. "Dust to Dust"   Williams, White 3:49
5. "Eavesdrop"   Williams, White, Peacock 3:35
6. "Devil's Backbone"   Williams, White, Peacock 2:29
7. "From This Valley"   Williams, White, Phil Madeira 3:33
8. "Tell Mama"   Clarence Carter, Marcus Daniel, Wilbur Terrell 3:48
9. "Oh Henry"   Williams, White 3:32
10. "Disarm"   Billy Corgan 4:42
11. "Sacred Heart"   Williams, White 3:19
12. "D'Arline"   Williams, White 3:08

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[15] 1
US Folk Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[18] 1

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-civil-wars-mw0002554625/credits
  2. ^ a b "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases | Hot Adult Contemporary Rock Songs and Release Dates |". Allaccess.com. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Civil Wars - New Self-Titled Album Coming August 6th". thecivilwars.com. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "The Civil Wars Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Manning, Craig (August 5, 2013). "The Civil Wars - The Civil War". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (August 6, 2013). "The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ McFarland, Kevin (August 6, 2013). "The Civil Wars". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Gallo, Phil (August 5, 2013). "The Civil Wars Track-By-Track Review: Joy Williams Breaks Down New Album". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ Hardy, Tony (July 30, 2013). "Album Review: The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ Caldwell, Caleb (August 3, 2013). "The Civil Wars: The Civil Wars". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 14, 2013). "The Civil Wars Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "The Civil Wars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for The Civil Wars. Prometheus Global Media.
  13. ^ "The Civil Wars | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "The Civil Wars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for The Civil Wars. Prometheus Global Media.
  15. ^ "Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Digital Albums for The Civil Wars. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. ^ "The Civil Wars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Folk Albums for The Civil Wars. Prometheus Global Media.
  17. ^ "The Civil Wars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Tastemaker Albums for The Civil Wars. Prometheus Global Media.
  18. ^ "The Civil Wars Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Rock Albums for The Civil Wars. Prometheus Global Media.