6 Songs, 21 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this six-track EP, The Civil Wars offer acoustic and alternative versions of songs featured on their 2012 self-titled sophomore album. These recordings come a year after the GRAMMY-winning duo went on hiatus due to personal and creative differences. With this in mind, the songs here take on added significance as a snapshot of a band in transition. Bare Bones lives up to its title by simply presenting Joy Williams and John Paul White harmonizing over minimal accompaniment, letting their voices and songwriting be heard with maximum intimacy. What comes through is both the strength and fragility of their art, heard in the tremulous power of “Dust to Dust,” the seething emotion of “The One That Got Away," and the wailing volatility of “O Henry.” When Williams and White interweave voices on “Eavesdrop,” the effect is both thrilling and disturbing, like overhearing a lovers’ breakup at a roadside café at 3 a.m. Whatever the future may hold for The Civil Wars, anyone seeking to get to the source of the duo’s volatile genius will want to hear Bare Bones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this six-track EP, The Civil Wars offer acoustic and alternative versions of songs featured on their 2012 self-titled sophomore album. These recordings come a year after the GRAMMY-winning duo went on hiatus due to personal and creative differences. With this in mind, the songs here take on added significance as a snapshot of a band in transition. Bare Bones lives up to its title by simply presenting Joy Williams and John Paul White harmonizing over minimal accompaniment, letting their voices and songwriting be heard with maximum intimacy. What comes through is both the strength and fragility of their art, heard in the tremulous power of “Dust to Dust,” the seething emotion of “The One That Got Away," and the wailing volatility of “O Henry.” When Williams and White interweave voices on “Eavesdrop,” the effect is both thrilling and disturbing, like overhearing a lovers’ breakup at a roadside café at 3 a.m. Whatever the future may hold for The Civil Wars, anyone seeking to get to the source of the duo’s volatile genius will want to hear Bare Bones.

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