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Joy of Nothing
     

Joy of Nothing

by Foy Vance
 

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Upon first listen, Joy of Nothing -- Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance's second solo outing and first for Glassnote -- invokes names like Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, and Harry Chapin, and while the big, soulful AOR rock

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Upon first listen, Joy of Nothing -- Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance's second solo outing and first for Glassnote -- invokes names 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 Lover," 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2013
Label:
Glassnote
UPC:
0810599020347
catalogNumber:
146
Rank:
68042

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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
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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