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Vance Joy : Nation Of Two

On his second record Nation of Two, Vance Joy has – in a nutshell – created a set of heartfelt tracks that hits on your emotions again and again through its lush instrumentation.  

From the glittering horn sections of tracks ‘We’re Going Home’ and ‘Lay It on Me’ (which definitely shines as this albums ‘Riptide’), to the guitarlele in ‘Saturday Sun’, Joy’s ability to translate feelings we’ve all felt for someone into catchy little pop ditties is incredibly impressive.
 
Teaming up for some co-writing with Dave Bassett (Bishop Briggs) and Dan Wilson (Adele), it’s no wonder that Nation of Two has a glimmer that sings of being a worldwide hit. Throughout its 13 tracks, the notion of lifelong relationships and life on the road unravels itself as it was written in hotel rooms all around the world.
 
Known for leading the revolution of the ukulele back into pop culture, Joy is also a gun at the banjo with flourishes added to a few tracks, creating a back porch singalong feel. In short, Nation of Two is a slick folky affair that will keep you smiling long after the last note is played.
 
8/10