As a One2One Member, I was given the opportunity to review the new Joy Williams album, VENUS, before it came out.
This album, you guys.
It’s no freaking secret that the past few months have been struggly for me, and as I sat looking at a text from my friend (who has NO IDEA about what’s transpired between myself and the boy we met through) asking me if I was going to his hike, I was literally identified with these words from Joy’s song “One Day I Will“:
One day I will remember how it felt
when it was good
I won’t feel torn each time I hear your name
as if I could.
When I look back, I’d like to say
you’re better off because of me.
Safety in numbers, I guess. That’s the best part about music. You listen to a great song and you go “OH MY GOSH I AM NOT ALONE IN THIS.”
This also gives me a really good chance to address something I’ve kind of been figuring out how to address this. I love all of the songs on VENUS. Every single last freaking one of them.
But when I was listening to the song “What a Good Woman Does” I actually started sobbing.
I can’t carry the weight of this war
I can’t do it anymore
Don’t feel sorry for yourself
You got everything you want.
you pick up and run.
..I could tell the truth about you leaving
but that’s not what a good woman does.
Here, take a listen for yourself:
A few weeks ago, I posted a blog post out of anger. and frustration. and some hurt. and I had to take it down, because.. well. Posting a very true blog with passive-aggressive intentions? That’s not what a good woman does.
Luckily I was able to cry out the frustration with Joy’s beautiful song playing in my ears.
Safety in numbers, my friends. Safety in numbers.
VENUS is a beautiful, raw, vulnerable collection of songs. In an interview, Joy was asked if this was a break up album and she said, “I like to think of it as a break through album. ” Perfect. It is SO PERFECT. Her response to themes found in this album?
Letting go of things that don’t serve you.
Many of you might know of Joy Williams as 1/2 of The Civil Wars, but with this album she proves that she is full of talent and creativity and beautiful music on her own.
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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.