John Paul White - 'Beulah'

8/10

While The Civil Wars break up wasn't the most amicable we have seen in recent years, it certainly exposed the desire both members had when it came to performing solo. The Civil Wars were without question one of the best folk outfits we have ever heard, and because of that, we could be sure that any solo efforts from them would still manage to excite and intrigue.

While this is not the first solo album from John Paul White, it certainly feels like this is where he always wanted to be. Curating an eclectic blend of folk and country to deliver 'Beulah', a record of pure delight and spontaneity. If you were a fan of his former band and can assume where this record goes, think again as this release sees him at the forefront of his own musical revolution. Creating a rich and diverse sound through his more than capable abilities as a solo artist.

It may not have been the easiest of rides for John Paul White to get to this point, but it certainly shows that this is where he was supposed to be. A fully-formed songwriter in his own right who will no doubt be with us for many more years to come.

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