I was honored with the opportunity to preview Joy Williams' upcoming album. You might recall her as half of the folk-rock duo The Civil Wars. You should..they won four Grammys. Yes, indeedy.
This album is a "coming out" of sorts, a way to heal. Ms. Williams is releasing a musical account of her life over the last two-and-a-half years, the good and the bad, the pretty and the ugly, with no holds barred. And she does it beautifully.
She has a fabulously ethereal voice that both soothes and invigorates, and her songs maintain the folk-rock feel of her previous works, but with a sharp edge that's all her own. Some include a fun rhythm that evokes in the mind the urge to dance under the sunshine. "Woman (Oh Mama)" is a great example of this:
I enjoyed all of the songs, but my personal favorite was "The Dying Kind". For some reason, I had thoughts of a Celtic moor and a lost love, and I found myself returning to it over and over, each time sensing a different nuance, and reaching a new level of enjoyment.
This is a wonderful album, and appealing to a wide range of musical tastes. I truly recommend you check it out. Whether it's the amazing message or the lovely music that you go for, you will not be disappointed.
Venus will drop June 29th, and is currently available for pre-order. In the meantime, you can keep up with this songstress at:
Twitter - @joywilliams
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.