The Civil Wars album review

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If you like your country blues/gothic Americana on the rootsy, acoustically keening and old-timey side, John Paul White and Joy Williams are for you. The Nashville-based, Adele-endorsed duo’s touchstones (John Lee Hooker, Emmylou Harris, Iron & Wine) span genres and generations, most strikingly on the timeless ‘20 Years’ and the anguished title track. They do occasionally edge into Shania Twain territory and covering ‘Billie Jean’ suggests try-hard reinvention, but still, there’s plenty to admire here.

By Sharon O’Connell
Time Out Dubai,

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