VANCE JOY – ‘Nation Of Two’ (Album Review)
“I love you in the morning, when the blood runs to your cheeks…” – Call If You Need Me
And here we have it, folks! Nation Of Two is the sophomore album released today by none other than the Australian acoustic King himself, Vance Joy. Released through Liberation Records, it’s safe to say this album was a long time coming – four years to be exact.
Vance Joy’s 2014 debut album, Dream Your Life Away sold a near two million copies, hitting number one in Australia, number two in Canada and the top 20 in the UK and USA. Riptide, the debut single that started it all for Vance Joy is a Top 10 Australian hit; certified 8 x platinum, a Top 10 UK hit and certified gold in NZ which confidently boasts 200 million YouTube views and over 500 million Spotify streams. Dream Your Life Away was toured across the globe; from opening Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour to American Idol, from Lollapalooza to Coachella, from Splendour In The Grass to our very own AFL Grand Final. You may just think that Vance Joy couldn’t get any better… that was until now.
“Who am I kidding? If all my defences come down, oh baby. Will you lay it all on me now? Lay it all on me now…” – Lay It On Me
Drawing the cover art himself, Joy explained that the title, Nation Of Two “reminds him of how your world begins and ends whenever you’re with that one person.” Which is fitting, since Joy’s album speaks to many themes of love, relationships, partnership and discovery among others.
Nation of Two seems to be the epitome of sophomore albums. The 13-track journey through the emotions and deep thoughts of Vance Joy is truly an intimate journey to be experienced by all. Track One, Call If You Need Me is a true Vance Joy folk-acoustic style track. Track Nine, Crashing Into You is a laid back ballad about love. Track Four, Saturday Sun is a fun, bright ukulele-led hit. Track Eleven, Little Boy is a down-to-earth, raw acoustic hit about a childhood mishap Joy experienced himself and growing up. Track Two, Lay It On Me is the first single from the album, a close 2 x platinum Australian hit with a real, deep folk-acoustic root sprouting through the guitar led melodies, enthralling accompaniment of the trumpets in the chorus and compelling lyrics of love and discovery.
“Oh, Saturday sun. I met someone. Don’t care what it costs, no ray of sunlights ever lost…” – Saturday Sun
Check out the track list to
Nation Of Two
1. Call If You Need Me
2. Lay It On Me
3. We’re Going Home
4. Saturday Sun
5. Take Your Time
6. I’m With You
7. Like Gold
8. Alone With Me
9. Crashing Into You
10. One Of These Days
11. Little Boy
12. Bonnie & Clyde
13. Where We Start
Every song is a true rollercoaster; a catchy, climatic sound production laced with the authentic, dynamic and enchanting song writing Vance Joy produces. Nation Of Two is an incredible album, added to an already incredible repertoire. Today is the beginning (again) for Vance Joy, but a bigger and better one as with the release of more music comes more fans, more tours, more accolades and certainly more love of his music across the globe.
With special guests, Cub Sport and Didirri, Vance Joy embarks on the Nation Of Two World Tour this year, which will see him perform on our shores once again this September. I cannot wait to see what Vance Joy does this year, because Vance you have just gained yourself another fan.
Nation Of Two, Vance Joy. Get out there and have a listen. You won’t regret it.
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- Cassandra Thomson