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Album Review: Vance Joy – Nation of Two
Sophie Rashley reviews Vance Joy's latest effort, finding it to be an exercise in being as inoffensive as possible
Vance Joy is back with his second album, Nation of Two, featuring singles such as ‘Lay It On Me’ and ‘Like Gold’. In an interview, James Keogh, the Australian singer-songwriter who makes up Vance Joy, stated about the album that ‘Nation Of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their world beginning and ending at the bed they share, the car they ride in, or any other place where they’re together…’ and this idea of romance certainly permeates throughout the whole album.
“The record encapsulates a feeling of nostalgia, especially coming through were the singer-songwriter describes his childhood relationships with his parents
Despite each song being incredibly easy to listen to and each track being technically good individually, as a whole, the album seems repetitive at times. Since Vance Joy’s last release Dream Your Life Away four years ago, it seems little has changed in his style, with many of the songs sounding like they could easily have come from that album.
Some of the lyrics also seem to lack authenticity such as ‘You were my love/ You were my tree’ which jars with the intimacy of the melody of the ending song ‘Where We Start’; the lyrics attempt to be poetic but with little follow-through. contrasting this track with the simplicity and authenticity of the ending track of the special edition of Dream Your Life Away, ‘Straight Into Your Arms’ further emphasises the problems with pushing metaphors to mean something when they have little validity.
'Nation of Two' is available to stream now.