cool review. you've actually made me put the album on, which is not to say that's some high bar of music criticism or whatever, but the fact is i always thought this band was for idiots because the people i always saw talking about it on the internet were idiots with whom I had nothing in common. but you definitely make it seem intriguing and, for lack of a better term, important.
But maybe it's the Fleetwood Mac-style "i hate you" guy/girl drama you describe so well that has made me interested. like some sort of scavenger hunt to find the true reasons behind their personal discord.
when did they record this album? I'm assuming before November when they announced a hiatus? Or did they do it all separately and bitterly?
I really do think this is the closest thing to a modern Rumours
we have right now. Maybe that's why I love it so much.
I think they recorded the entire album before the hiatus, but the tension was building as they went. I have no idea what happened specifically to drive them apart though. It sounded like John Paul White was getting tired of touring because it was taking him away from his family, and that Joy didn't really understand because her husband was managing them and always on the road as well. But I wonder if something else happened to really drive them apart.
Very much this.
Even Wikipedia doesn't have anything about them after that November comment. Makes me wonder if they tour anymore at all? Any shows or performances? How was this recorded? And when? And who decided which songs in which order? And what about the album artwork? Do they even speak now?
I want to know.
I think it's one of those things that we're going to find out more about down the road.