‘A Place at the Table’ The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett
Think of the soundtrack for the documentary A Place at the Table as something of an appetizer.
Yes, there’s new music from The Civil Wars in collaboration with producer T Bone Burnett. But there’s not a lot – just a few original songs.
The rest are instrumental swatches, which are beautifully done – and just a little bit heartbreaking – but leave you wanting something more satisfying than the thing itself.
That more robust Civil Wars album – the proper follow up to their surprise breakthrough Barton Hollow – could be on the way after difficulties late last year within the duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White.
They attended the Grammy Awards together, where they shared a win with Burnett and Taylor Swift on their The Hunger Games collaboration Safe & Sound.
The highlight here is the closer Finding North, which captures the best of Williams and Whites’ soaring vocals and deep emotional resonance they’ve become known for.