I’ve been a Tace bundy fan for a few years (ever since I ‘discovered’ him). I have most of his albums and just generally like what he plays.
He posted this video the other day and I can’t help but share it.
First things first. I am by no means a “professional” music reviewer. In fact, I’ve probably never written an actual review of any music I’ve ever listened to. That being said, I did feel compelled to put my thoughts on this album down. They are in no way going to be an in-depth, track by track, comprehensive review. Anyway, here goes. . .
There’s a lot of music in the world today. I feel like I’ve heard most of it (I listen to music anywhere from 4-6 hours per day). Most of it wears thin quickly; usually in one or two listens. It’s generally over produced with muddied sound, unbalanced, and truly emotionless.
The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Barton Hollow is none of those.
Joy Williams and John Paul White. Their voices, the guitar of JP and the occasional piano of Joy. . . and it’s all mixed fantastically. There’s nothing in the background to distract you from the lyrics or the emotion of their voices.
The instruments are mixed to compliment the vocals. The emotion tells the story almost better than the lyrics. You would think Joy and JP have a storied past together, the chemistry is that strong.
Unlike most albums that have 1 or 2 standout tracks and mediocre filler, this album is a complete experience, beginning to end. Everything just fits and it works beautifully.
If you haven’t bought this album yet, you really should. You won’t be disappointed.
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