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.
I dabble in web. I don’t really do web design. WordPress is too easy. But I do like having a website and managing others. One such site, is www.sytysogt.com. Originally, I was going to move all of the files from www.SyTy.org over and do things “my way.” That never materialized. Why do it twice?
So the site sat. It did become the domain host of Syclone Typhoon Chat, so it was partially useful (and a hit with a core group of SyTy Enthusiasts). Then I added WordPress to the site, just because I could. And it sat again.
Here’s how it sits currently:
Now I have a direction! I am going to turn the site into an unofficial SyTy photo archive with a fresh Gallery3 install as well as a SyTy News/Features site.
There’s a lot of good information flowing on SyTy.net, but not everyone has time to sift through all the threads and replies to find the good stuff. I intend to do feature posts about sweet builds, product features from SyTy vendors and more. Hopefully, we can establish this as a premier site for SyTy news and keep these rare trucks at the top of people’s minds.
It’s time to turn up the boost and get rolling on this.
I don’t know how you wouldn’t have noticed, but I thought I’d post about it anyway.
Site5 has some killer free WordPress themes and JournalCrunch was just what I was looking for to give my site a little refresh.
Of course, I have some post thumbnail/featured images to fill in and I need to tweak my logo to the dark version, but all in all, I’m super happy with the new theme.
I don’t even have the itch to modify it. Nicely done!
My name is T. Design is what I do. Please, make yourself at home and have a look around. If you see something that looks off or broken, it probably is. I am in the middle of refreshing the site; I do appreciate your patience!