Joy Williams – “Venus”


Joy Williams
Columbia Records
11 tracks @ 39:52
Grade = A

Remember Joy Williams? She released a couple of Christian records last decade, received a few Dove Award nominations. I even videotaped an interview with her at the Cup O Joy. Interview It seems like a lifetime ago.

Joy then reemerged with the critically acclaimed duo the Civil Wars. Almost as suddenly, that group imploded just before the release of their second record. I liked their music.

Now Joy returns with the stunning release “Venus.” With a hand in writing every song, this record feels intensely personal, raw and all too human. “One Day I Will” and “Not Good Enough” feel honest. “You Loved Me,” “The Dying Kind” and “Till Forever” express more spiritual sentiment than some of the Christian music that I’ve listened to.

With its understated, at times ethereal, musical arrangements, all of the songs are very accessible.

Is Joy a Christian artist or a Christian making art? Either way, I’m excited that she still has something relevant to say and is willing to share it.

Highly recommended.

– Rob S.

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