Joy Williams: Venus (Acoustic)

 

From her debut in 2001 as a Christian music teen idol to her 2009-2013 stint in the critically acclaimed Americana duo The Civil Wars, Joy Williams has resisted pigeonholing. Her 2014 synth-pop Venus album paired her with collaborators from within (Charlie Peacock, Paul Moak) and without (Matt Morris, Incubus’ Michael Einziger) the Christian music industry. She returns with Peacock here, revisiting four tracks from Venus and three others. Lyrics focus on romance and self-realization. Arrangements are limited to a single acoustic guitar with multitracked vocals, giving Williams’ voice a glorious immediacy that puts her in the room with you. If there’s any autotune here, I sure can’t find it, and don’t miss it.

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