Before I Sleep
Sweet Love of Mine
Woman (Oh Mama)
One Day I Will
Not Good Enough
What a Good Woman Does
Until the Levee
You Loved Me
The Dying Kind
Till Forever
Welcome Home

Venus is the solo album from Joy Williams – previously one half of the four-time Grammy-winning folk-rock due The Civil Wars. Joy tells a more honest, human story of one woman’s journey out of darkness on the album. Over 11 unstintingly honest songs, she unabashedly recounts what occurred in her life over the past two and a half years. It shows how one woman has come to live her truth – the good, the bad, the petulant, the honorable – and in the end, shows all of us how to live our own.

The album will be released on June 29, but thanks to One2OneNetwork I had the chance to listen to it free and early in order to provide this review for you all.

 The Civil Wars is not a band that I was aware of, so I can’t compare this solo album to that of the duos.  However, I love Joy’s voice and I love the vulnerability in these songs. They are all hauntingly beautiful and I really enjoyed listening to this cd. I am having trouble picking out a favorite track or two like I usually do, because all of them were quite great.
Joy needed to find her voice as a solo artist and in finding her voice, found herself again. She began writing for this album just about 2 years ago and ended up writing over 75 songs for it in the next year! (Wow!)  There is also a boyband connection with this album – Justin Timberlake’s “invisible fingerprints are on this album.” Joy met Justin at Letterman in 2011 and he introduced her to Matt Morris and he co wrote most of the album, co-produce and co-executive-produce it as well.

I participated in the Joy Williams Venus album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.

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