Joy Williams is known as one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. They had discussed the possibility of releasing solo albums eventually, but after the duo’s break up in 2014, Joy found herself ready to write and ready to find her own voice. In all honesty, I am not familiar with The Civil Wars, so I am able to hear this album with a fresh perspective. The polished sound obviously comes from a veteran of the music industry but it still sounds fresh and new.
Joy Williams VENUS, being released on June 29, 2015, is an honest recounting of the past two years of her life, dealing with the break up of The Civil Wars, moving, motherhood. While they are personal to her, they are also universal and I found myself connecting to many of them.
About the album, Joy says, “For me, it’s my coming-of-age album, becoming the woman I’ve always wanted to be. I think over the course of the last couple of years making this album, I finally felt that I stepped into my own skin. I’ve spent my whole life trying to be the best version of myself, and I’ve finally let myself just be me.” Isn’t that we are all trying to do? She goes on to say the themes of this record are “Acceptance. Transcendence. Trans-formation. Letting go of things that don’t serve you.”
Overall, Joy’s voice is smooth and clear. Haunting at some times, vivid at others. The instrumental tracks behind her are soothing and melodic in some songs and powerful and others. Yet, the 11 track album is cohesive and flows together nicely making in enjoyable played through.
My personal favorites:
Welcome Home – My absolute favorite song on this album is the one that also makes me a little misty eyed. It perfectly captures a mothers love. It starts by giving voice to the moment you meet your child and, to me, checks in at points of life throughout. Just wait, this song will be everywhere next Mother’s Day; it’s just beautiful.
Until the Levee – To me, this song comes from that moment in your life when you just can’t keep taking more on and you just have to let go, let the flood happen, move on, and get a new perspective.
Woman (Oh Mama) – Discusses all the facets of life that woman encompass, sometimes all in one day. The pulsing rhythm of the singers in the background electrifies this song. I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but start dancing in my chair when this song comes on.
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* Official Joy Williams website: http://www.joywilliams.com
* Twitter – @joywilliams
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* YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/JoyWilliamsVEVO
*Instagram – https://instagram.com/joy__williams/
I participated in the Joy WIlliams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.