Every summer needs it’s own soundtrack. The one that, years from now when you hear a song, you can remember just what you were doing, who you were with, and the emotions that come with that.
This summer Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) is releasing her brand new solo album VENUS. To be released on June 30, the hauntingly beautiful album will captivate not only former fans of The Civil Wars, but those who love the pure sound of an honest heart being poured out through music.
I was always a fan of The Civil Wars, and was heartbroken when the duo split.
Before I listened to VENUS I wasn’t sure if I was more nervous that it wouldn’t sound like the previous music she made that I loved, or that it would and it would be a reminder of what once was. And in all honestly, it’s a little of both. Joy Williams has a voice like no other, and her sound rings true through these new songs. But this album holds a uniqueness that draws it away from her former sound as well.
I always tend to gravitate to the slower ballads on any album, or songs with lyrics that tell a story I can relate to, and my favorites on this one are “One Day I Will” and “Until the Levee”.
It’s hard to listen to VENUS and not speculate if some of the music is in response to the band break up, but Joy Williams has been specific that this is a break through album, and that the idea of going solo was always something they had talked about. It’s a brave step for Joy Williams, and I’m definitely looking forward to more solo music from her.