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Monday, June 8, 2015

Joy Williams "VENUS" Album Review

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Joy Williams "VENUS" Album Review
Joy Williams is a four time Grammy Award winner with the folk-rock duo group The Civil Wars, with John Paul White. Joy Williams VENUS hits the stores on June 29th and is her fifth solo album and first since the breakup last year of The Civil Wars. I had early access and a chance to review before than. Here are my initial thoughts on the album, and the lead single Woman (Oh Mama) which was released in March.

The lead track of the album, Woman (Oh Mama) was released back in March. It provides strong lyrics for Joy to rediscover her own voice with great rhythm, to get back into the saddle after the breakup of The Civil Wars.

For those who liked The Civil Wars sound and feel, Before I Sleep and Until the Levee are probably the closest songs to transition from. Introducing you to the new Joy Williams, as she explores how to build from her past and transform into a revitalized solo artist. With all the songs, not just those two, you discover and follow her emotional journey in the two-and-a-half years since the informal breakup.

For me, my favorites of the bunch were Woman (Oh Mama) and Before I Sleep. With Woman (Oh Mama), it just sounds so unique compared to the other songs on the album, with a strong beat and upbeat tempo. Much of the rest of the rest of the album has a more similar sound, that is much more different than that one song. Lyrically, I like Before I Sleep, which provides a strong opening song to the album. Do listen to the lyrics for the message she's giving. Throughout the album, she has a very pure voice that should do well on her own, even if people keep comparing her work to the award winning music from The Civil Wars.

Track Listing:

1. Before I Sleep
2. Sweet Love of Mine
3. Woman (Oh Mama)
4. One Day I Will
5. Not Good Enough
6. What a Good Woman Does
7. Until the Levee
8. You Loved Me
9. The Dying Kind
10. Till Forever
11. Welcome Home

With the album's release it will be curious to see if Joy Williams can maintain the notoriety she had with The Civil Wars or if she fades away into the darkness back to her struggling Christian artist pre-Civil Wars years. I hope for the best for her. The album is a good strong attempt to make it on her own. Time will tell if the old fans return or if she gets new fans instead.

Pre-order the album from iTunes or Amazon. And follow Joy Williams on her various social media channels: TwitterFacebookYouTube, and Instagram.

Here's the video of the lead single for you to enjoy:

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.

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  1. I had not heard of Joy Williams before reading about her here. Her music sounds interesting, definitely worth a listen. Thank you for sharing this review.