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Joy Williams – ‘Venus’ album review
5 Overall Score

Label:

Sensibility Music

For Fans Of:

The Civil Wars, The Lone Bellow, Kristine DiMarco

We Like:

"What A Good Woman Does"

Joy Williams – ‘Venus’ album review

Prepare to be wowed. Joy Williams’ new album, Venus, blazes a new trail for the now-solo artist after a surprising break with John Paul White and their GRAMMY-winning duo, The Civil Wars. Even more, her return to making music on her own doesn’t even resemble the pleasant pop structures of years gone by. Instead, Venus is a strong, confident statement of her own womanhood that stands among the year’s most diverse pop releases.

From the tribal rhythms of “Woman (Oh Mama)” to the stadium-level energy of “Until The Levee Breaks,” Venus is a powerful presentation of a very vulnerable journey inward to rediscover her artistry. She’ll abandon all for this mission, including any hint of the acoustic accouterments from her recent success. It won’t please all fans, but Williams seems content setting her own course.

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About The Author

Matt Conner
Contributing Editor

Matt Conner is a writer/editor who has interviewed approximately 2,000 musicians, authors, directors, actors and other artists. He’s the Managing Editor for PledgeMusic, a former editor with Vox Media, and writes regularly for numerous print- and web-based publications, including Under the Radar, Relevant and the Indianapolis Star.