• Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    30
    Ultimately, The Civil Wars plays out lyrically insipid and completely oblivious to the fact that their vocals strive for meaningful but define overbearing.
  2. 30
    Too often their over-earnest delivery is unbearable.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 2, 2015
    9
    Hands down, this is one of the best folk-rock records I've ever heard. The duo pick up right where they left off with 2011's "Barton Hallow"Hands down, this is one of the best folk-rock records I've ever heard. The duo pick up right where they left off with 2011's "Barton Hallow" but with sharper tunes and stronger lyrics. Every single song on the album is a stand-out, except "Oh, Henry" which is a bit weak, but still digestible. The chemistry between John-Paul and Joy is relentless and better than ever. Great record. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    10
    This self-titled sophomore set is truly amazing and emotional. "The One That Got Away" got me all excited right off the very second it wasThis self-titled sophomore set is truly amazing and emotional. "The One That Got Away" got me all excited right off the very second it was released and waiting for the album was painful because it was way too intriguing. I got the album the very first day of its release, and it doesn't disappoint at all. My favorite track would be "Same Old Same Old" which offers just the right amount of sadness, happiness, introspective lyrics, and tremendous vocals. The Civil Wars is like a gift for popular music. Full Review »