The Civil Wars show their talent through their strong vocals and meaningful lyrics, which combine to move the listener in every track.
That said, I think the lyrics are sung in a slurry way, making it a tad difficult to understand at times - although that could just be their southern accents.
Poison and Wine was featured in both the television show Grey's Anatomy and the film Something Borrowed. Starting off with a deep, mellow tone, the vocalists build up strength until the climax in the chorus. The song is a great example of the fact that Joy Williams and John Paul White are exceptional crooners and masters at playing instruments.
I've Got This Friend is a bit of a surprise, with its cheeky rhythm and light-hearted lyrics.
Lovers of the genre will find this a pleasing, versatile record. But what's particularly indicative of the band's bright future is that pop fans will enjoy it just as much.
YP Rating: 4/5