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Music Review: Civil Wars, Burnett team for soundtrack

Music Review: Civil Wars, Burnett team for soundtrack

The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett, "A Place at the Table" (Sensibility Music)

March 2nd, 2013 by CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Music Writer in News

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.

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.