ALBUM REVIEW: Vance Joy – Nation Of Two

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After hitting number one on Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2014 Vance Joy has had a whirlwind of a career. The Melbourne singer songwriter released his debut album, toured the world alongside Taylor Swift on her 1989 Tour, completed a massive headlining world tour and has been since working on his highly anticipated sophomore record. “Nation Of Two” hears him perfecting his alternative folk meets pop crossover with 13 songs of heartfelt emotion and catchy hooks. Sonically there isn’t a major difference between his debut and this record but this refined collection showcases that he sure knows how to write some big hooks. “We’re Going Home” is the records standout moment. It’s big, euphoric and infectiously catchy with a hook that is ready to become the festival anthem for the next year. Singles “Lay It On Me”, “Saturday Sun” and “Like Gold” provide upbeat and familiar alternative-pop goodness with “One Of These Days” ready to join them on heavy rotation. “Take Your Time”, “Call If You Need Me” and “Crashing Into You” experiments with a heavier alternative production which makes these three songs stand out as some of the best on the record. Whilst “I’m With You”, “Little Boy”, “Bonne & Clyde” and “Where We Start” strip it back to his roots where it’s just him, his gentle vocals and simple guitar chords. While some of this album may be a little forgettable in parts this album does provide some big singalong moments and emotional vibes. It’s the perfect relaxing afternoon record or easy listening playlist where all you want is something uplifting and gentle to listen to.

You can purchase Vance Joy’s new album “Nation Of Two” now from Sanity https://www.sanity.com.au/products/2362292/Nation_of_Two

 

VANCE JOY AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES;

Thursday 13 September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Friday 14 September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney *Sold Out*

Saturday 15 September – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Monday 17 September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Tuesday 18 September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide *Sold Out*

Friday 21 September – Riverstage, Brisbane

Sunday 23 September – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth *Sold Out*

Monday 24 September – Fremantle Arts Centre , Perth
 

 

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