Vance Joy Album Review


Joy on stage performing.

Farah Iqbal, Reporter

James Gabriel Keogh, also known as Vance Joy, 30, is a one-time hit Australian singer/songwriter.

Joy was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. Before singing, he pursued football for Coburg Football Club for several years. In 2013 he released an album called God Loves You When You’re Dancing, and the single “Riptide” became a big hit, and that is when the fame started.

Vance Joy’s voice is very distinct especially in his singing, that’s what makes his music good. I remember when I was younger and heard his hit song, I’d never really grow up listening to that type of genre so it was something unique to me.

It’s been 5 years singer Joy’s big break. After that the fame died down a bit. On February 22, he released an album called Nation of Two. He had said in an interview that the inspiration for it was from a Lynyrd Skynyrd song.

This album has songs with different types of vibes coming from each, but most are slow and steady sounding. I think it really captures the vibes Joy is trying to get the listeners to hear.

Starting off with the first single on the album “Lay it on Me,” this song uses lyrics like “I just wanna know what’s in your head.” He is talking about wanting to know the girl, who she is, and what she does. Another good song from the album is called “I’m with you.” In the song he talks about just observing, looking at the girl, noticing all her details when he is with her, and his love for her. The lyrics are “Sandy blonde hair, the way it came tumbling down,” and “Well I’ve been on fire, dreaming of you.”

The instrumentals on this album were really impressive, the lyrics could have been better, but overall the album definitely captures Vance Joy’s image, I give it a 7/10.