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Joy of Nothing

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Upon first listen, Joy of Nothing -- Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance's second solo outing and first for Glassnote -- invokes name like Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, and Harry Chapin, and while the big, soulful AOR rock that's closely associated with those names indeed applies, there's an impassioned rawness at play here that suggests a steady diet of musical outliers like Jackie Leven, Robbie Robertson, Nicolai Dunger, and Richard Thompson. Steeped in the bold, big-sky expansiveness of the American Southwest, yet devoid of any of its machismo, Vance milks courage and strength from unflinching emotional honesty. Songs like the nervy "At Least ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Upon first listen, Joy of Nothing -- Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance's second solo outing and first for Glassnote -- invokes name like Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, and Harry Chapin, and while the big, soulful AOR rock that's closely associated with those names indeed applies, there's an impassioned rawness at play here that suggests a steady diet of musical outliers like Jackie Leven, Robbie Robertson, Nicolai Dunger, and Richard Thompson. Steeped in the bold, big-sky expansiveness of the American Southwest, yet devoid of any of its machismo, Vance milks courage and strength from unflinching emotional honesty. Songs like the nervy "At Least My Heart Was Open," the bluesy, midtempo "Feel for Me," the arena-ready opener "Closed Hand, Full of Friends," and the gorgeous title cut, the latter of which posits "The joy of nothing is a sweeter something," are carried along by a refreshing sense of optimism, a word that is used quite infrequently when referring to records of the confessional singer/songwriter persuasion. Another plus is Vance's big, bluesy voice, which falls somewhere between the weathered, midnight croon of Ray LaMontagne and the woodsy howl of John Fogerty, and it adds an air of rusty authenticity to measured, country-folk confections like "Janey," "Regarding Your Letter," and the lush and languid midtempo closer "Guiding Light," the latter of which features a guest vocal from Ed Sheeran. There's certainly nothing subtle about Joy of Nothing, as it's not afraid of making a grandiose statement, both musically and lyrically, but it never feels like Vance is putting on a front. After all, you can't play things close to the vest with your heart on your sleeve.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Glassnote
  • UPC: 810599020347
  • Catalog Number: 146
  • Sales rank: 31,193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Closed Hand, Full of Friends - Joy of Nothing Choir (4:03)
  2. 2 Joy of Nothing - Joy of Nothing Choir (5:02)
  3. 3 At Least My Heart Was Open (3:39)
  4. 4 You and I - Joy of Nothing Choir (4:30)
  5. 5 Feel For Me (3:55)
  6. 6 Janey - Joy of Nothing Choir (3:59)
  7. 7 Paper Prince (3:17)
  8. 8 It Was Good - Joy of Nothing Choir (4:02)
  9. 9 Regarding Your Letter (3:00)
  10. 10 Guiding Light - Joy of Nothing Choir (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Foy Vance Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Guest Appearance
Arco String Quartet String Quartet
Conor McCreanor Electric Bass, Upright Bass
John McDaid Choir, Chorus, Lap Steel Guitar
Joanne Vance Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jonathan Griffin Violin
Ed Sheeran Vocals, Guest Appearance
Michael Keeny Piano, Choir, Chorus, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Sounds, Mini Moog
Paul Hamilton Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Kerry Brady Cello
Marty Keeny Choir, Chorus
Rachel Coulter Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Craig Milton Banjo
Colm McClean Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Clare Hadwen Violin, Choir, Chorus
Stephen McCartney Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Paul Hamilton Choir, Chorus
Fergus Fitzpatrick Cello
Kathleen Gillespie Violin
Richard Hadwen Viola
Technical Credits
Graham Brown Executive Producer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Foy Vance Composer
Ian Mcnulty Engineer
Steve Bursky Executive Producer
Thomas McLaughlin Engineer
Derek Williams Engineer
John McDaid Engineer
Fuller Moehagen Layout
Michael Keeny Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Craig Milton Engineer
Paul Hamilton Engineer
Jo Belaruski Artwork
Michael Boodicker Engineer
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