Pour a glass of wine (if you're 21 and reading this. If not, grape juice will do.). Close your eyes. Put on John Paul White's first record post-Civil Wars, Beulah, and swim in its beauty. The album opens up with the title track, as if to serve a reminder of what made us all fall in love with John Paul White as one-half of the Civil Wars. And it just gets better from there.
The Florence, Alabama native has the kind of distinctive strong voice that steadies the listener, and with lyrics like "That's ok / I never loved you anyway / At least not unconditionally / Like subjects love the once and future queen," he tugs on heartstrings throughout the record.
"Hate the Way You Love Me" and "Make You Cry" are two standout tracks right now, but the more I listen to the record, my favorites change up. The lyrics are hardly surface, with multiple layers to peel back, slowly and sometimes tragically, with exploration of heartache and heartbreak.
This album is a must-listen if you love acoustic singer/songwriter vibes and a beautiful journey.